Nov 20, 2013
02:19 PMHealth & Science
Katy Perry’s “Roar” Inspires Avon Cancer Patient, 10, to Make a Video
Avon fourth-grader Morgan Platt sits with Mike Dauphin, a videographer from Hole in the Wall Gang.
Morgan Platt has never let her special circumstances stop her. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor, glioblastoma multiforme, in June 2011, and has been fighting tirelessly — with rounds of chemotherapy and radiation since her diagnosis.
Despite her cancer, she is still a kid — a fourth-grader at Roaring Brook School in Avon. She loves what almost every child loves: music, dancing, crafts and friends. Throughout her treatment, Katy Perry’s song “Roar” has inspired Morgan to keep fighting. The strength she derived from Perry’s anthem inspired her to use it as the soundtrack for a Youtube video she created with the help of medical staff and fellow patients at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
Kathy Platt said her daughter decided she wanted to make a Youtube video after watching other videos created by hospitals meant to inspire and spread awareness.
“I think we were just the push they needed to make it happen,” Kathy Platt said. According to her, the hospital had been thinking about creating a viral video for some time, but hadn’t seen it through until Morgan expressed interest.
Dr. Eileen Gillan of CT Children’s offered to help Morgan by providing a list of patients who would be willing to appear in the video.
Michael Dauphin of The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp, the non-profit created by Paul Newman, shot and edited the video. Lauren Pastore, a freshman at Avon High School who is also a pediatric cancer patient, helped Morgan choreograph the video.
The video, which features Morgan lip syncing to the popular song, took only two days to shoot and was put together in a week. Kathy Platt said Dauphin shot for a few hours last Monday and Thursday. The whole video was complete and posted to Youtube by Friday.
“When Morgan and her mother contacted our Hospital Outreach Program to help with their vision for this video, we saw it as a great opportunity to shine a similar spotlight on the playful, caring, and welcoming atmosphere of Connecticut Children’s,” said Dauphin.
In the three-minute, 45-second Youtube video etitled “Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Roar Music Video,” patients and medical staff sing and dance around the hospital. Kathy Platt said the kids had a lot of fun because they got to move around the hospital. When children are there for treatment, they are usually confined to one area.