There’s a new Kelly Clarkson online sensation building from a video featuring cancer-stricken kids, their nurses, doctors and parents as they are lip-synching to her popular song “Stronger” at the Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Clarkson called the video message “amazing” after it was shared on Facebook and Twitter by millions of people.
“It made my day. I know it’s making everybody else’s day online,” Clarkson said in a message posted on her website. “I just can’t wait to meet you.”
The video is simply amazing and features several children, many of them attached to IVs and holding signs that say “Stronger,” “Fighter” and “Hope,” are seen dancing in the halls and in rooms with their parents and medical staff.
One child rides a bike through the hallways of the hematology oncology floor.
The video is part of a creative arts program with cancer patients at Seattle Children’s and it first appeared on May 6.
It was the idea of 22-year-old Chris Rumble, a patient at the hospital who was diagnosed with leukemia in April.
Rumble wanted to do something to share with his old hockey team in the central Washington town of Wenatchee.
“I’m everyone’s big brother and I have a lot of friends here at Seattle Children’s,” Rumble said on the hospital’s blog.
Dr. Douglas Hawkins said the patients and staff at Seattle Children’s have been thrilled by the response.
“This morning it was over 900,000 views. It’s really incredible,” he said Friday.
Hawkins said such projects help the kids maintain their spirits.
“When a child or young adult is treated for cancer, it puts their whole life on hold in a way that doesn’t seem fair at all,” Hawkins said. “It’s a fight for their life. But there are all these other normal things they want to be doing too, or things they want to focus on other than the medicine or the illness or their time in the hospital.”
Here’s the video: