Olivia Wise, a 16-year-old girl who is terminally ill and battling an inoperable brain tumor, sang "Roar" by Katy Perry in a heartbreaking, inspiring viral video.
“Olivia is a fighter and has gone through the fire,” her cousin wrote.
“In fact, she was going through the fire while she was recording this song, but you wouldn’t know it, because she kept on dancing right through it.”
Her health is failing, but Wise is keeping a positive attitude, wishing for a cure and rarely succumbing to negative thoughts. Katy's song certainly helps.
The "Roar" phenomenon has inspired countless parodies across the land, as its message of standing tall against adversity has resonate with millions.
As things tend to do these days, the video eventually made its way to Kerry Perry herself, who sent her own video to Wise and her family. Take a look:
“You sounded great,” the pop superstar said, visibly moved by this.
“I love you," she added. "A lot of people love you … Keep roaring.”
Words to live by for Olivia and so many others like these children's hospital patients who similarly covered the hit song. Please, keep fighting the good fight!
Katy, too, deserves praise for being so accessible to her fans. If there's anyone you'd almost expect to respond directly to something like this, it's her.