She Inspired the Roar

2013-1130 Roar v 2After watching the following videos, I felt compelled to share one of the very few memories I have of my high school years. One day, while attending a chemistry class, the teacher spent a good portion of the class time talking about one of his favorite students. The student, whose name I do not recall, was an excellent student even though he missed a few days of class due to an illness. When the student became very ill, he continued to work hard to understand the lessons and complexities of chemistry. He never gave up. As I recall from the story, the student died from brain cancer either a few days before, or a few day after, receiving his high school diploma.

Unfortunately, I did not understand the importance of the off-agenda lesson until almost two decades after I graduated when I was diagnosed with brain cancer.

As you may have guessed, this post is not about my poor performance in chemistry class, my memory deficit, or my belief that brain injury is a gift. This post is about Katy Perry and her efforts to encourage Olivia Wise to roar even when Olivia was dying from brain cancer.

In the following video, we hear a recording of Olivia Wise sing the Katy Perry song “Roar.”

In the next video, we hear Katy Perry’s response to Olivia Wise.

According to the Huffington Post, “Olivia Wise, the teen whose breathtaking cover of Katy Perry’s “Roar” moved the Internet, passed away” this week. “The 16 year-old from Toronto, who had been battling brain cancer, visited a studio to record her own version of the feel-good pop anthem earlier this year. Using just a piano in the background, the young singer gave new meaning to the song by transforming it into a hauntingly beautiful ballad.”

Click here to access the memorial fund established in memory of Olivia Wise.

This post is not the first time I mentioned Katy Perry and her commitment to encouraging children and teens with a life-threatening illness. Click here to read my earlier post about the help provided by Katy Perry.

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Thanks to Cassandra Nadalin and Gina Hubert for sharing the information and videos I used in this post;  Katy Perry for singing “Roar” and encouraging Olivia Wise to roar; Olivia Wise as well as her family and friends; Jon Levine the producer who arranged for Olivia Wise to record the song heard by more than 1,000,000 people; Orange Lounge for providing the studio where Olivia Wise recorded her song; YouTube for hosting the videos I used in this post; Liv Wise Fund for ensuring the memory of Olivia Wise continues to live; Chatelaine, Toronto Sun, and Huffington Post for providing details about the story; and all the other people who directly or indirectly made it possible for me to include the picture, text, and video I used in this post.


  1. Wow, you have done it again. I don’t know how you find such inspiring and touching videos to illustrate your points, but I am thrilled that you do. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    1. Sue, I value you feedback and I am happy you shared your comments. I spend a lot of time finding the right picture, video, and content for each post. My hope is that your comments will inspire other readers to share their comments.

    1. Billy. thank you for taking the time to read the post and leave a comment. The blog has more than 200 posts. Some of the posts are touching, others are inspirational, and some are informative. I encourage you to leave a comment whenever you are inspired to do so.


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