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It's no surprise that Rachel Platten's "Fight Song" has become an anthem for all sorts of people waging personal battles—young cancer patients among them. But this cover of the hit song, performed by 16-year-old ovarian cancer survivor Calysta Bevier, is especially inspiring—and it has gained the teen some A-list fans.
Bevier, who was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer at age 15, is in remission now, but has made it her goal to inspire others and "pay it forward." Last month, she performed "Fight Song" at a benefit for another cancer patient, Thane Wooley, and the video of that performance, posted on YouTube, was went viral after being noticed—and reposted—by none other than Ellen DeGeneres.
"Her voice is beautiful. So is her courage. What an amazing moment," DeGeneres wrote on Facebook. Adam Bevier, Calysta's dad, then commented, in part, "Thank you SO MUCH Ellen, and EVERYONE, for the wonderful words. Calysta is my daughter and she is an amazing 16 year old that had to go through things that very few her age have to deal with. Sadly too many still do. My hope for Caly is that she can inspire many. By the looks of this post, she is doing exactly that. Thank you all again. You are all amazing. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Keep supporting her. To everyone else...keep fighting. Team Caly."
See the inspiring performance for yourself:
DeGeneres' post received nearly 4,000 comments and has been viewed more than 4.8 million times since October 16th—proof that Bevier certainly is inspiring people. Even Platten tweeted, "Wow. Thank you @The Ellen Show for this - one of the most beautiful covers I've ever heard. I love you Calysta." And Calysta returned the love, tweeting back, "@RachelPlatten @The Ellen Show thank you so much!!! Your song helped me stay strong"
I've been a fan of Platten's "Fight Song" ever since I saw the video of her singing a duet of it with 7-year-old cancer patient Jeremiah Succar. I challenge anyone to not be moved by the lyrics—and these beautiful young voices that are finding strength and inspiration from them.
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