TODAY’s Hoda Kotb teamed up with superstars Sara Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper, who mashed up two of their greatest hits to create “Truly Brave,” a song to raise money for the fight against pediatric cancer.
Hoda, a breast cancer survivor, explains her inspiration for wanting to make this powerful anthem for these brave children:
You know how your life is perfect on Monday and then on Tuesday it all falls apart? That’s what happened to me seven years ago when a doctor called me and told me I had breast cancer. I needed a mastectomy –and reconstruction. An excruciating time. I thank God that I have wonderful doctors, family, friends and faith that helped me though, but I also had something else — music. Sounds funny but those notes and lyrics soothed me and helped heal me. I am not sure what I would have done without it.
Cancer is difficult to endure as an adult. I can only imagine how tough it would be for a child – it’s such a grownup disease. It just so happens that several years ago the TODAY Show sent me to a children’s cancer hospital for a series of stories. I was frozen at the door… did not want to walk inside. I guess I was just afraid to see so much pain. But with one glimpse of the first child I saw there, another feeling washed over me. I was feeling hopeful, almost joyful.
An estimated 10,450 new cases and 1,350 cancer deaths are expected to occur among children (ages 0-14) in 2014. I want to do everything I can to prevent cancer from taking these young lives. I’m not a doctor. I’m not a nurse, but I want to do what I can. To lift their spirits and help these kids heal, I’m joining forces with Sara Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper to create a song and video just for them.
Please hear our song and donate to americancancersociety.org. All proceeds will go to grants for pediatric cancer research. Together, we can help prevent this disease from taking more young lives.
The music video for “Truly Brave” features young cancer patients from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.