This is one of the more personal, meaningful songs I've ever recorded. It's inspired by my cousin's daughter, Madison. She's a fun-loving seven-year-old who always lights up the room. In May of last year, she was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). DIPG has a 5-year survival rate of less than 1%, and the median overall survival of children diagnosed with DIPG is approximately 9 months.
This has been devastating news for my cousin's family, and heartbreaking for everyone who knows them well.
Throughout the rigorous treatments and physical deterioration, Madison has maintained an attitude and bravery that is staggering. Her parents too, who are dealing with an unimaginable scenario. To me, Madison and her family embody the idea of living for the moment and cherishing the people around us. They embody grit and determination. Most of all they embody love.
I don't get to see my cousin and her family too much because they live on the east coast, but they have inspired me greatly from a far. This song is my way of offering my support in a tangible way.
For those who are in a position to help, you can pay whatever you want for this song over at Genero.us. ALL proceeds will be donated directly to my cousin's family. I'd love for us to be able to help ease their financial burden a bit, or use the money in whatever way will bring more happiness into their home during a very difficult time.