Children singing pop songs tend to be adorable. That's why the Kidz Bop series has been such a successful staple. However, this video of children lip syncing Katy Perry's "Roar" transcends mere cuteness.
The video comes from patients of the Childrens Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and was made to promote a fundraising campaign the hospital just conducted, the CHaD HERO Half Marathon & Ripcord 5K. The hospital raised $650,000 this year. This in itself is a milestone, and any further donations garnered by the hospital from this video would be well worth it.
But the video itself is even more powerful than that.
The children who appear on the screen to lip sync the words to "Roar" do not look weakened or defeated by their respective illnesses. On the contrary, each one of them projects the inner strength to be able to overcome their current conditions and become healthy again. The video represents triumph, not tragedy. These little children, and the nurses and adminsitrators who participate in the video, are showing that there is hope for their future.
The video gives "Roar" a message that it didn't have when it came out. This is more than one of the biggest singles in the country right now. This is a song about life, and living it to the fullest.