Thanks again to Brad Aronson, who has been a guest blogger here at Only Positive News several times. He shares with us a touching story of a young girl battling cancer who realizes her inner pop star dream:
It was a star-studded night. After recording her new song at Rotation Records, Amy Hosmer left the studio. She was greeted by about 75 enthusiastic fans. It was an eclectic bunch, ranging from toddlers to middle-aged men. Amy smiled shyly and thanked everyone for coming. Not what we’d expect from a rock star. Probably because Amy isn’t a typical star.
Amy is similar to most little girls I know. She loves the color pink, Barbie, jewelry and makeup. She loves to perform and wants to be a professional singer. The 11-year-old receives a lot of attention, but she’s far from self-absorbed. After praying recently, she told her mom, “I always ask God to take away your pain if anything happens to me.”Amy prays for the people she loves, even when she has so many reasons to pray for herself.
Amy has brain cancer. Her cancer was discovered when she was two-and-a-half. Early treatment reduced the size of Amy’s tumor so that it wasn’t life threatening. Since then Amy has had regular MRIs to check her health. Doctors recently discovered that the brain tumor was growing. On January 30, they will operate.
You have so many hopes, dreams and plans for your kids. You think about what they’ll enjoy doing, what they’ll do in school, how they’ll react to a sibling. You even start thinking way down the line—about them getting married, what their kids will be like, and so on. Then, with news like this, you must suddenly be focused on two things – survival and doing all that you can for your child and the rest of your family.
Amy told her mom, “If I had one wish, I’d wish to meet Taylor Swift and get hints on my singing.” Swift is Amy’s inspiration. Amy’s mom, Etta Hosmer, wanted to support her daughter, so she set up a Facebook fan page to try to help Amy meet Taylor Swift.
When the executives of Rotation Records in Norristown, PA, heard about Amy, the offered her a contract to record a song in their studio. The recording was written and sung by Amy. Rotation Records added instrumental music on top of Amy’s singing and published her single, This Camp, on iTunes. Amy was “beyond thrilled” and practiced every day for weeks before her recording session. Taylor Swift sent Amy some gifts and an autographed photo, which were waiting at the recording studio. Of course, Amy also loved the after-party.
Etta said that the Facebook fan page and the recording contract have been great for her family.
“It did start with a little girl’s dream of meeting her idol, but it is more than that. This site helps me keep my mind focused on positive things instead of focusing on how scary our lives have become once again. Also, it brings awareness of pediatric brain tumors. Most important of all are the people all over the world now saying prayers for Amy,” Etta said. “This party and this special day have been a great focal point for our minds.”