Lives are touched by the
work being done at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth every single day.
"The people here,
these are the people that saved my life," said Meghan Richardson, 16.
And Richardson, who was
diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 4-months-old, is letting the world know.
Richardson and other CHaD patients have starring roles in a short lip-sync
video to the song "Roar" by Katy Perry. Less than 24 hours after it
was posted online, tens of thousands of people had seen it.
Reporter Adam Sullivan:
So, how does it feel to be famous?
Meghan Richardson: It's
Another star-- 13-year-old
Maggie Philbrook. She was diagnosed with cancer in February.
"I saw it after
school and I was laughing because I thought it was funny," Philbrook said.
It's a moment of happiness
in a schedule that's consumed by weekly visits to CHaD for treatment.
"It was kind of hard
for me to dance well because when I'm connected to the IV pole, I am kind of
limited with what I can do with my arms," Philbrook said.
The video was produced to
celebrate a successful fundraiser. But, now, thanks to the internet, it has taken on a life of its own.
"We are a small
children's hospital within a hospital, but we believe that we are small and
mighty. This kind of exposure can only help show the good work that we
do," said Keith Loud, the interim director of CHaD.
Nurses and doctors get
into the act, as well. But it's the kids who make it powerful.
"As that video shows,
we are only helping to empower them with the power that they already
have," said Susan Whitcomb, a registered nurse.
But no matter how many
views they receive online, this crew is not heading to Hollywood any time soon.
"I like what I do;
I'm not going to quit my day job," Whitcomb said.
Though Philbrook says she
may end up producing a few internet sensations of her own.
"Definitely not singing, because I can't sing," she said.
As for Richardson, she
feels right at home in front of the camera and says the song empowers her peers
to let their inner strength shine, as well.
"This video inspires
them to roar themselves," she said.
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