This is a song I wrote for Sara when she was facing a rare form of cancer called Ewing's sarcoma. It turned out music, and in particular my music, made a physical difference for her during her fight. Therefore, I brought my guitar often to her hospital bedside to perform. Secretly, I wrote this song for Sara, which became an anthem of sorts for her family and friends. Sara passed away after 1.5 years of fighting this disease at the young age of 21, but in thinking about her life and mine and using her words as inspiration (she told me she thought I should pursue music professionally), I left a career in academia to pursue art that would help other young adults fighting cancer.
Sara also inspired me to found the Sunbeam Foundation, which has raised over $1 million to fight rare and underfunded pediatric cancers and, through music and other creative means, has spread hope to thousands of young adults.
This song describes who Sara was to me and all who knew her. It helps me remember her and how courageous she was. And, by letting inspiration course through me, it changed my entire trajectory.