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School orchestra makes a heartfelt musical gesture for 5-year-old battling cancer

School orchestra transforms a 5-year-old cancer survivor's journey into a moving performance, uplifting her spirit.

School orchestra makes a heartfelt musical gesture for 5-year-old battling cancer
Cover Image Source: GoFundMe | Support for Quincy and Fitzgerald Family

Battling cancer demands immense support and love. North Kansas City High School's orchestra offered this by composing a song for 5-year-old Quincy Fitzgerald, a young leukemia patient. Quincy and her sister had a hand in crafting a song that reflects her trials and hopes. This collaboration came to life through the "Sing Me A Story Foundation" and involved the school orchestra, Children's Mercy Hospital, and local talents, as reported by PEOPLE.

Representative Image Source: Pexels | cottonbro studio
Representative Image Source: Pexels | cottonbro studio

The song, titled "Many Sides of the Portal," crafted by local composer Jeremy Lister over two months, debuted at the school's spring concert, per KWTX. Quincy and her parents were overwhelmed by the performance. Her mother, Katie, shared, "It just kind of gives you hope and it gives you comfort," highlighting the comfort such gestures bring amidst the uncertainties of her daughter's diagnosis.

In 2022, Quincy's family discovered her health issues and started a GoFundMe for her treatment. Noticing unusual lymph nodes, initially dismissed as post-Covid symptoms, her mother's persistence led to a leukemia diagnosis after multiple doctor visits. Quincy now faces a two-year treatment regimen, with hopes to transition to a maintenance plan thereafter.Image Source: TikTok | @isaiahgarza

Image Source: TikTok | @isaiahgarza

Music can be a really big source of motivation for any person going through difficult stages in life. It was some time back that Isaiah Garza shared a video on TikTok where he surprised a little girl fighting cancer with a live performance of "Hey There Delilah" by Tom Higgenson of the "Plain White T's." Garza begins by saying, "Hi, Delilah! I have a surprise for you. It's a special video that the singer of 'Hey There Delilah' sent for you! And he made it just for you." The girl cannot believe what is going on and adorably fails to contain her joy. The caption in the video reveals how Delilah has been hearing the song every day since her 4-year-long fight with cancer.

Image Source: TikTok | @isaiahgarza
Image Source: TikTok | @isaiahgarza

She is initially shown a video where Higgenson greets her by saying, "What's up, Delilah? It's Tom from 'Plain White T's.' I hear you're a big fan of our song 'Hey There Delilah,' so I figured I would play it for you right now. Here we go." As the video ends, we can see Higgen approaching her with his guitar. Afterward, she and the medical team joined in singing with the "Plain White T's" vocalist, surely lifting the spirits of everyone on the floor. Higgenson embraced her warmly and reserved the last line of the song, "Hey there Delilah, here's to you," just for her.

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