UPDATE: September 1st. The beautiful "Strong Heart" video has just been released. Watch it below...
In less than a year, cancer would change the lives of three Peterborough families forever. Harrison McKinnon, Eliza Vivian, and Neave Alderson were all diagnosed with various forms of cancer between November 2015 and July 2016.
In collaboration with SickKids Foundation, these kids—and others like them—are being honoured in a powerful soon-to-be-released song called "Strong Heart" that is written and performed by local musician, Melissa Payne.
Melissa recording with her niece Eliza
"Strong Heart" also features Jimmy Bowskill and Natalie McMaster, and is produced by James McKenty. The music video was directed by filmmaker Megan Murphy and shot by Rob Viscardis.
Melissa and Megan both have a personal connection to the cause, as both of their nieces have been receiving cancer treatment at Sick Kids this year. "This is our way of giving back," Megan tells PTBOCanada.
Melissa Payne, Natalie McMaster, Jimmy Bowskill, James McKenty and Eliza Vivian during recording session of "Strong Heart"
SickKids Foundation is going to be promoting the song as part of their big campaign for Childhood Cancer Awareness month, which begins September 1st.
"We will be launching the music video that day as well, and all proceeds from the song will be donated to SickKids Foundation," Megan tells PTBOCanada.
Neave Alderson and Eliza Vivian (Frame grab from "Strong Heart" video to be released September 1st)
As devoted aunts to Eliza and Neave, singer-songwriter Melissa Payne and filmmaker Megan Murphy have witnessed the devastating heartbreak and the awe-inspiring bravery these warriors embody.
As artists, they channeled their own fear and inspiration into this project. The proceeds from this song will be donated to the SickKids Foundation—because no strong heart should have to face this battle alone.
Megan's niece Neave with her mother Kate
“Strong Heart”, comes out September 1st on YouTube. To donate to this campaign—their goal is to raise $5,000 and proceeds will go towards furthering paediatric cancer research through the SickKids Foundation—click here.
You can watch the behind the scenes footage below from the video...
All of us have been touched in some way by a child with cancer. Please share this on your social media channels and give what you can.