Rachel Platten, whose hit “Fight Song” just rose to the number one spot on the Adult Contemporary chart, wrote the lyrics during a particularly tough time in her life. Little did Rachel Platten know it would be adopted as a theme song by many people, both young and old, who were also fighting battles in their lives.
In an interview with Newsday, Rachel Platten was asked what message “Fight Song” tells. This is Rachel’s response.
“It tells a message of believing in yourself no matter what. To remember that you can do anything and not to listen to the mean voices in your head that tell you that you’re not good enough… None of that is true. The only thing that matters is what we believe and that’s what the song talks about.
“My biggest fear is that I’m not good enough. I have this voice in my head that I’ve been battling for years that says, ‘You’re not really talented enough. You don’t really deserve this.'”
The message of hope is so strong within these lyrics, Rachel Platten uses the song to encourage other people, even going so far as to meet and sing with young cancer patients who are in the midst of battling for their very lives.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the family of a 7-year-old cancer patient, Jeremiah Succar, reached out to Rachel Platten via Twitter at #RachelMeetJeremiah. “Fight Song” has been Jeremiah’s mantra since being diagnosed with stage-four atypical rhabdoid teratoid. The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute defines this illness as a “very rare and fast-growing tumor of the central nervous system”.
When Rachel Platten learned that Jeremiah is a fan, she went to visit him at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Watch the video of Rachel Platten and Jeremiah singing together, but be warned, the strength that this child exhibits will amaze you. He is definitely a fighter.
Rachel Platten had no idea the lyrics would prove to be so powerful for so many people. Rachel recalls the first time she realized the impact her ballad had on people.
“The first time it happened, a woman who had cancer sent an email to her family [saying], ‘I have three months to live, but I don’t want you to be sad. I want you to know this is how I feel, and this song is my anthem.’
“I knew the song was helping me, but seeing what a difference it had had on this woman’s life made me realize there was something to this song. People need to hear this, it’s connecting to people’s lives. This is going to help.”
A group of staff and young patients at Hurley Children’s Hospital created a video showcasing Rachel Platten’s anthem. The patients are dealing with different diseases such as leukemia, sickle cell anemia, and other devastating illnesses, reports M Live. The fight these children have inside them is easily felt in this heartwarming video.
“Fight Song” not only inspired Rachel Platten to realize her dreams, but the song has also gone a long way to encourage people dealing with all sorts of issues. Kudos to Rachel Platten for sharing her inspiration with others.
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