Teenager with Brain Cancer “Roars”


Olivia Wise is a courageous teenager who has brain cancer and recorded a cover of Katy Perry. It is nearly impossible to watch this video and not be deeply moved.  While I could write the back story for this, existing content does a much better job.

First, this is what the YouTube description says:

“Olivia Wise has Brain Cancer. She came into a recording studio for her first time and recorded the Katy Perry song Roar. She couldn’t walk or stand, she didn’t have her full breath or the energy she used to, and she was managing her new pains and new limitations. While her physical condition was rapidly fading, her spirit remained untouched.

Olivia is a fighter and has gone through the fire, in fact, she was going through the fire while she recorded this song, but you wouldn’t know it, because she was dancing right through it. She is an inspiration, a champion, and my hero. This is her Roar.”

Here is my paraphrase of what The Huffington Post writes:

There have been no shortages of awesome “Roar” covers. But this rendition of the popular Katy Perry hit is special. Olivia Wise, a teen with brain cancer, recently visited a studio for the first time to record her own version of the upbeat anthem — even though she wasn’t feeling so great herself. With just a piano in the background, Olivia Wise, a teen with brain cancer, slowed the song down to record her own version of the upbeat anthem and created a delicate, yet powerful ballad.

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4 thoughts on “Teenager with Brain Cancer “Roars”

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