Connecticut Children's and Hole in the Wall Gang Team Up to Help Patient Make “Roar” Music Video with Hopes of Viral Status!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  November 15, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT:   Monica Buchanan, Media and Public Relations Manager   
                                 (860) 837-5701; mbuchanan@connecticutchildrens.org

HARTFORD, Conn. – 10-year-old Morgan Platt has always dreamed big. After she was diagnosed with a brain tumor (glioblastoma multiforme) in June of 2011, she decided to fight back and inspire others along the way. Throughout her treatments, Katy Perry’s song “Roar” has encouraged her to get back up and fight like a “champion.” During one of her appointments at Connecticut Children’s, she decided to make a music video in hopes it would go viral and raise awareness about her condition and the other types of cancers being treated at Connecticut Children’s.

She and mom, Kathy, rallied the troops and got nurses, physicians, other patients and parents involved in what quickly turned into a full blown production, complete with costumes, streamers and posters. “It’s these little bursts of greatness for these kids that keep them going. I’m so proud of Morgan. She’s defying the odds!,” said Kathy Platt, Morgan’s mom.

The Hole In The Wall Gang, a New Haven based non-profit, helped with the shooting and editing. Today, Morgan Platt’s “Roar” video is making its debut!

"I started working with Camp making videos with campers in the summers, and what I loved most was the idea of shining a huge spotlight on the positive spirit and fun energy of our kids,” said Mike Dauphin, the videographer and editor of the “Roar” video. “When Morgan and her mother contacted our Hospital Outreach Program to help with their vision for this video, we saw it as a great opportunity to shine a similar spotlight on the playful, caring, and welcoming atmosphere of Connecticut Children's."

We hope you’ll help us support Morgan and her efforts to achieve viral status with a video she worked so hard to produce. The link is embedded below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbAFjZ-4ACU&feature=share&list=UUYhFvnOMu_JK-4APn_ENzUQ

The Roaring Brook School in Avon will also show Morgan’s video at the school tonight at 6:00pm. They are expecting a crowd of about 200 kids who are attending for movie night.  Please contact the school Principal if you would like to attend.

About Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is a nationally recognized, 187-bed not-for-profit children’s hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Named among the best in the nation for several of its pediatric specialties in the annual U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings, Connecticut Children’s is the only free-standing children’s hospital in Connecticut that offers comprehensive, world-class health care to children. Our pediatric services are available at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford and at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, with neonatal intensive care units at Hartford Hospital and the University of Connecticut Health Center, along with a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center, five specialty care centers and 10 other locations across the state. Connecticut Children’s has a medical staff of nearly 1,100 practicing in more than 30 specialties.

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About Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization with camping facility in Ashford, CT and development offices in New Haven, CT. Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is a community dedicated to providing “a different kind of healing” to children and their families coping with cancer, sickle cell anemia, and other serious illnesses. Through summer sessions and family weekends at the Camp in Ashford, Connecticut and year-round outreach to hospitals and clinics across the Northeast, the Camp serves more than 20,000 children and family members annually. All services are provided free of charge.