Happy cancer video gains three million viewers worldwide

Cancer patients have FUN!

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This video shot by a patient in hospital has hit over three million hearts around the world.  It shows patients and staff having fun, and what they get up to on the hematology/oncology floor of Seattle Children’s Hospital. 

They lip-sinc to Kelly Clarkson’s song “Stronger“…….  what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger ” and the catchy tune has caught the imagination.


Shot by patient Chris Rumble, 22,  of Kent, Wash., a 22-year-old leukemia patient with a talent for video, this simple fun exercise has turned the fight against cancer into an online anthem celebrating strength.  He spent the weekend filming fellow patients, doctors and nurses on the hematology/oncology unit at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Dancing, singing and holding signs that read “Hope” and “Fighter,” they put together a video set to the tune “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson.  Even Chris appears – he is the one in the Orange T-shirt.

“It was kind of like a party,” said Rumble, who filmed the video during the day, stayed up late Saturday night and posted it on YouTube early Sunday.“It wasn’t a typical day at all.”

He was hoping to make a video to repay his team-mates on the Wenatchee Wild hockey team, who had sent him a video when they learned of his illness.

Rumble spent 35 days on the pediatric and adolescent cancer ward because he was 21 when he was admitted, just on the border line between adolescent and adult care. During his treatment, he says he became a kind of big brother and role model to children coping with cancer.

Simply making the video lifted the spirits of many of the children on the floor, said Brittany Skinner, 26, a pediatric hematology oncology nurse who is shown dancing and singing.  “It gave them something to shine through, I guess,” she said. “Like the song said, ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.'”

Rumble’s video surprised the public relations staff at the hospital, who woke up Sunday morning to a viral sensation. By early today, the video already had more than 550,000 hits.

“It’s pretty amazing,” said Alyse Bernal, spokeswoman for Seattle Children’s. “It’s just taken off.”

Singer Kelly Clarkson got word of the Seattle Children’s video and tweeted her approval: “Oh my goodness y’all have to see this! It’s beautiful! I can’t wait to visit these kids and nurses!” read a post on her account @Kelly_Clarkson.

So a simple idea – but one that could be copied by anyone with a video camera.  Perhaps nurses’ interviews will now be auditions for voice and dancing skills?  !!

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