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NH Hospital Sings Inspiring Version of Katy Perry's 'Roar'

A screen grab of CHaD's YouTube video. Courtesy: Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
A screen grab of CHaD's YouTube video. Courtesy: Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
LEBANON, NH – There are a ton of Katy Perry "Roar" videos out there on YouTube right now. Heck, Perry and Good Morning America even ran a contest asking high schools to submit their own videos of her megahit.

But even among the hundreds of others out there, we think the video posted this week by Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchkock (CHaD) is pretty amazing. Already, the video, which features children, families, doctors, nurses and administrators lip-synching the song, has 47,000 views and counting.

The song, which is about being a fighter in the face of a challenge, resonated deeply with staff at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Holly Gaspar, a child life specialist at CHaD, thought her patients would not only enjoy making a video, but it would be a wonderful way to pay tribute to those who supported the CHaD HERO fundraiser held on Sunday, which raised more than $650,000 for CHaD.

"All of our CHaD Kids have a roar," Gaspar said. "Sometimes we hear it, sometimes we see it, and sometimes we feel it. They are strong, they are brave, they are all fighters."

Footage was gathered in one day, when all of the children featured were not only at CHaD, but most were feeling well enough to get out of bed and dance. Dr. James Weinstein, the president and CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, even made a special cameo.

"It brought me to tears because that is what we do,” Susan Whalen, a pediatric nurse with 22 years of experience, said of the YouTube video. "That is exactly what we do, day in and day out."

Mary Anne October 22, 2013 at 03:50 PM
awesome video! Glad bless the children and the staff who clearly are so passionate about what they do!
Rose-Marie Smith October 22, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Wonderful! Excellent! Way to go! Great team - patients and staff!
Ron Ray October 22, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Makes me proud to be a human being! Outstanding!
ben diaz October 22, 2013 at 10:21 PM
God bless all of the kids that are going through that and may God give you the strength and the courage to fight cancer.
Bink Miller October 23, 2013 at 09:11 AM
Beautiful.
Diane Petruzzini Scarcelli October 23, 2013 at 11:25 AM
wow what absolutely beautiful children and staff. not many things in life make me cry. this video did and it really touched my heart. thank you for letting me see your fight and for giving me the opportunity to be blessed by you.
John Bailey October 23, 2013 at 11:40 AM
To the children in the video. I have gone through what some of you are going through right now. NEVER EVER, EVER, EVER GIVEUP. DO NOT GO QUITELY INTO THE NIGHT. ROAR AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS INTO THE FACE OF YOUR DISEASE. LET IT KNOW THAT YOUR A FIGHTER AND THAT ITS TIME IN YOUR BODY ARE OVER.
Kathy Lloyd Bartholomew October 23, 2013 at 12:48 PM
it breaks my heart to see kids in so much pain...but to have a song like ROAR, it lifts them up to be the fighter, to beat back that dreaded cancer...Bravo to the staff, the nurses, the families and especially to the kids. You are all fighters. And Yes I was bawling while watching this video.
David Johnson October 23, 2013 at 02:01 PM
90 percent of the people in this world suck. Here's the other 10 percent.
Deborah Weatherby October 23, 2013 at 02:40 PM
you guys are gorgeous!
Kim James October 23, 2013 at 03:06 PM
this was amazing, thank you for posting, I feel blessed to have witnessed such bravery, to the staff at that hospital you are truly angels god bless you all
Lourdes Fonseca October 23, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Katie Perry has some major competition, In fact she should go over and take some dance and singing classes
Karen Argurieo October 23, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Just when you think you have it bad, you view this video. I would take all of those kids pain and sickness if I could. God bless all of you. You have inspired me so very much. Fight hard guys! I love your video.
Linda C. Thomas October 23, 2013 at 04:59 PM
You touched my heart. Thanks for reminding me that I can roar.
Jesse Ummk October 23, 2013 at 05:03 PM
cool story but this song like alot of katy perrys' are rip offs of other peoples songs and quotes because she is not creative enough to come up with original stuff.
Tim Meese October 23, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Very emotional and inspirational video. I literally had tears in my eyes at the end. It reminds you that "therefore, but for the grace of God go I" With all of the recent discussion about Health Care this video reminds us to think about those with critical illnesses.
Cindy Halpern October 24, 2013 at 09:41 AM
I am glad the song could raise morale for the children. Ms. Perry must be pleased her song inspired the children.
Lorraine Failla October 25, 2013 at 05:56 AM
God bless all those courageous children who fight for their lives each and every day. God bless the medical staff, too. They certainly have earned a place in heaven.
Tartaglia Loretta October 25, 2013 at 07:56 PM
just so proud of the children, God Bless Them . the eye of the tiger is so good, leaves hope for all!and God Bless the staff on helping those children everyday.
Mary Leidel October 25, 2013 at 09:50 PM
That was awesome. Many prayers are coming your way and many thoughts are with you. Keep fighting and trying as God can do miracles. That was awesome and you keep right on roaring. You are loved more then you may know.
Gwen Schauble October 26, 2013 at 12:49 PM
What an awesome video - those tender little ones and staff showing their true grit. God Bless each and everyone of them.
Bob McGuirk October 26, 2013 at 11:00 PM
This is so inspiring. Gives us all pause to think about what matters.. so much strength and caring, how can you not have a tear in your eye
marny October 27, 2013 at 05:46 PM
This song hit me like a ton of bricks when I first heard it. This hospital and their video brought me to tears. God Bless them all. Eye of the tiger by Hall and Oats for a Rocky film as well. My daughter who has cystic fibrosis Katy Perry thank you my daughter loves it and has been ROARING for 19 years.
Donna Fleming December 29, 2013 at 01:53 AM
God Bless them all. What they do everyday is ROAR. An inspiration.

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