Dr Oz: Hoda Kotb Pediatric Cancer Awareness
Dr. Oz explained that seven years ago, Hoda Kotb was diagnosed with breast cancer, so she knows firsthand the struggles cancer patients go through. But she couldn’t imagine what the struggle must be like for kids, so she collaborated with Cyndi Lauper and Sara Bareilles on a music video that raised awareness for pediatric cancer and inspired everyone across the country. The music was a mash-up of the songs “True Colors” and “Brave” and showed images of pediatric cancer patients doing everything from lying in hospital beds to painting works of art.
Dr. Oz then welcomed Hoda Kotb to his show and she explained that they were going to do a charity project and she loved Sara Bareilles’ song “Brave” so she was in her office with a producer and thought to do a music video. She said they went through all the music on her iPad trying to find songs to mash it with until her producers sang “True Colors”.
Dr Oz: Sara Bareilles & Cyndi Lauper Pediatric Cancer Music Video
Hoda called up Sara Bareilles to ask her if she would do a mash-up with Cyndi Lauper and she said she had one day in June. Hoda then called Cyndi Lauper and she said she had one day in June, and it happened to be the same day. She said they went into the studio and recorded the song, and then called Hoda five hours later, and started weeping when she heard the song.
Dr. Oz said the music was one thing, but the kids in the video were another thing entirely because when you looked at them, you didn’t see cancer. Because of the video, $300,000 has already been raised in just one week for cancer research. Dr. Oz wanted to give something back to Hoda, so he welcomed out all the kids that were featured in the music video.
One of the little girls, named Grace, said they all just wanted to say thank you because when people donate to cancer, only 4% goes to pediatric cancer, so they’re so happy that Hoda decided to do what she did for them. The kids also surprised Hoda with a piece of artwork that they all made for Hoda.