Hoda Kotb, Sara Bareilles, Cyndi Lauper Fight Pediatric Cancer with 'Truly Brave' Music Video

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A music video set in a pediatric cancer ward may sound like a downer, but this clip is anything but. NBC Today co-host Hoda Kotb, a cancer survivor, wanted to do something to help fight pediatric cancer — and cheer up kids battling the disease at the same time.
 
Her idea: team up with Sara Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper and create a mash-up of their respective hits, "Brave" and "True Colors."  The uplifting result: "Truly Brave," a track and music video that features some young  — and yes, truly brave — cancer patients from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
 
The video takes place in the children's ward, shot at first in black and white. The kids, who look bored and glum in their hospital beds, are seen sneaking away into a room that turns colorful, as the kids, now all smiles, cover themselves and the walls with paint, singing and dancing to the music as Bareilles and Lauper trade lyrics back and forth to their two songs, which amazingly fit together.
 


The NBC personality, who is helping to raise money to fight pediatric cancer for the network's Shine a Light campaign, recalled that when she was battling her disease, music was her solace.

"Seven years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and as I fought through the scariest period of my life, music was one thing that helped keep the fear at bay," Kotb said.

"There was something about music. You put on a song and your mood changes instantly. Music has this way that right when you hear the note, it changes you. It brought me out of some of the darkest holes.
 
"I now know what it feels like to struggle with cancer. But what I can't fathom, is what it’s like for a little kid to face such a grown-up disease.  When I visit pediatric hospitals,  all I want to do is make it better. If music helped me, I thought maybe I could give these kids the gift of that perfect song. A song just for them."
 
As the video shows, the perfect song doesn’t cure cancer, but it does lift the spirit.

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