Earlier this week, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock posted an inspirational video of young patients, nurses, doctors and even administrators lip-synching their way through Katy Perry’s pop song "Roar." As of Oct. 26, the video has been viewed more than 1.7 times and the number is climbing rapidly. The video immediately went viral and touched the heart of America, but on Friday, it began to get worldwide attention. Below are just a few of the international YouTube posts from Oct. 25 and 26.
- “All of Poland keeps fingers crossed for you.” – Agnieszka Okuniewska
- “Blessings and hugs from Argentina. Keep on moving!” – German Trinks
- “All the eye of the tiger for you strong kids…from Brazil and South America, we wish you all the best. You are winners!” – Bruna Jung
- “Hello from Germany to the Children's Hospital Dartmouth Hitchcock. The video is full of spirit and life and so wonderful.” – Icefac82
The press is promoting the viral video big time. The “Huffington Post” wrote, “This week, Katy Perry released her new album, ‘Prism,’ but the pop star may be getting out-shined.” According to Yahoo News, Holly Gaspar, a child life specialist at CHaD, was responsible for creating “Roar.” She shot the music video in just one day and said, “They were on fire and it was a real team effort to complete the project so quickly. It was magic.” The video was featured on “Nightline” on Oct. 24. A teary-eyed Cynthia McFadden said on-air, “Wow! What a great group of kids.”
This is not the first time a Children’s Hospital has produced a video that captured the world’s attention. In 2012, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta turned to pop group One Direction and their hit song “What Makes You Beautiful” to raise awareness of childhood cancer. Also in 2012, Seattle Children’s Hospital lip-synched to Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger. ”
To watch Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock lip-synch to “Roar” by Katy Perry, be sure to check out the video above and to the left. You're sure to be inspired.
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