A non-profit group called Musicians On Call helped arrange the special video call between the 12-year-old and the singer.
A 12-year-old boy suffered significant injuries, including to his brain, after a serious car accident last year. Scout Lawlor and his mother were hit by another vehicle and the young boy was in a coma for months. His family was terrified as they did not know if their son would make it out alive. “I just remember pleading with God not to take him,” said Krystall Lawlor, Scout's mother, according to ABC 15. Krystall's prayers were answered as Scout miraculously made it through.
It was no easy feat as he had to relearn everything once he got out of his coma. “My body forgot how to do everything, how to walk, how to talk, how to breathe,” said Scout. His fighting spirit and strong sense of faith helped him heal in rehab at Phoenix Children's Hospital where he had to go twice a day for months. “Getting to see just the perseverance of his spirit and what a hard worker he is, is really cool,” said Dr. Jasmine Hogan, his physical therapist. After fighting for his life, he found the strength to continue to get better in a song called "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten. “Whenever Scout was having a hard time, I would start singing it to him like, 'this is my fight song, take back my life song,'” said Krystall.
Scout's story eventually reached a non-profit group called Musicians On Call that helped connect the singer-songwriter with Scout with a special video call. “I get my determination from the fight song, literally it means so much to me,” Scout told Platten. The song is a popular source of strength because of its beautiful lyrics.
It goes, "This is my fight song / Take back my life song / Prove I'm alright song / My power's turned on / Starting right now I'll be strong / I'll play my fight song / And I don't really care if nobody else believes / 'Cause I've still got a lot of fight left in me."
The two cried and laugh as they engaged in conversation over the call. "Ever since the car accident I’ve been like I clearly have something really big to do, to work up to in my life,” said Scout. “Yes, you do,” said Platten, adding, "You are incredible, you know what, you have a big mission in this life."
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After Musicians On Call shared their interaction on social media, Krystall mentioned in the comments: "This was such a beautiful and special afternoon for Scout and for me. Music has been a big part of Scout's continued recovery, and 'Fight Song' continues to be his anthem! We are so grateful for Musicians on Call, Phoenix Children's ChildLife Zone, and especially for Rachel Platten. She was so incredibly sweet, thoughtful, and sincere, and we will treasure the time we got to spend with her forever!"
This isn't the first time Platten has reached out to children who have been through a lot through her music. In 2015, she met 7-year-old Jeremiah Succar, a cancer patient, and the two broke into a beautiful duet. She was touched when the young boy had memorized all the lyrics to the song so perfectly. "Jeremiah loves 'Fight Song,'" his dad Jerry told the hospital, according to Online. "He memorized the lyrics after three or four times of listening to it. He used to sing it when he got a lot of headaches, but now he sings it in the morning, before bed, and during shots he has to get."