MINNEAPOLIS (KARE) -- Two nurses at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital
had an idea. They wanted to make a video featuring their patients,
something fun to look back on, when cancer is hopefully just a memory.
That video has become so much more.
You can watch it here.
While there may be nothing sadder you can think of than a kid with cancer, these nurses say, this video will change your mind.
"It's not sad here, it's fun. We have fun with our kids, we have fun
with the patients while they're here. We don't want it to be a sad time
in their lives because they have enough stuff to worry about," says
Snyder and fellow registered nurse Brittany Bloemke knew when they
heard the song "Brave" by Sara Barielles they had found their theme.
"We wanted to giver back to our patients because they teach us so
much about life. They are so brave and amazing," says Bloemke.
So together, with the help of some 70 staff members, they shot their
music video. They danced their hearts out and showed their support for
those battling cancer in Unit 5. Those patients weren't just the
inspiration, they were also the stars of the video.
Twenty current and former cancer patients took part in the video,
each bringing their own personality, including Sarah Ewald. Sarah is
battling cancer for the second time.
"They just asked if I wanted to be in it. I just showed up. I didn't
know what to expect," says the soft-spoken college sophomore. In the
video you can watch Sarah remove her wig and show "just how big her
"There aren't always bad times, like you know, you need to be able to laugh about it, you have to have fun," says Sarah.
What no one was expecting was this "fun" video to go viral. Hundreds
of thousands of people have already watched. They've watched the smiles
on the faces of the kids fighting cancer. They've watched the passion in
the hearts of those who care for them. They've most likely shed a tear.
"We know these kids, we know their stories, we know what they've been
through, but for other people to see how amaing they are and to be
affected in the same way just means so much to us, and we hope it
continues to inspire other kids," says Brittany.