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 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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