Sadly, the 16 year-old Toronto native who’s remembered for her incredible message, passed away on Monday. I blogged about Olivia Wise back in October and posted a video of her covering Katy Perry’s hit single ‘Roar’. The teen was battling brain cancer, but mustered up the strength to record a beautiful, tear-jerking ballad; making it her own. The video swept the internet and received over 1 million views on youtube.
The cover was brought to Katy Perry’s attention and she sent a personalized message to Olivia saying: I love you. A lot of people love you, and that’s why your video got to me and it moved everyone that saw it.” It definitely moved me and I was saddened to hear that she had lost her battle with brain cancer. However, I smiled when watching the video again, seeing how courageous she was inspires me. During what could’ve been her darkest days she found reason to smile, to keep going. We all can learn a lot from her.
Olivia’s cover can be purchased on iTunes. According to the Toronto Sun, all proceeds go to brain tumor research via the Liv Wise Fund. Support if you can. Rest In Peace Olivia Wise. Thanks for sharing. xo Roz-O