Inspiration comes in many forms, but it’s safe to say that those who are fighting such a devastating disease as cancer are an inspiration to all of us, especially when they’re so young. Four-year-old Darla Holloway is a cancer patient, but before that, she’s just a little girl with a big voice that brought us to tears during her emotional rendition of “God Bless America” Tuesday night.
Darla has been fighting for her life since she was just 2 years old, WEEI reports, following her diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. According to the Mayo Clinic, the disease is a form of cancer that attacks the blood cells as they form in the bone marrow. It is a cancer that is most common in young children and progresses quickly.
Darla is currently undergoing chemotherapy, but she took a break during the 7th inning of Tuesday’s Red Sox game to do what she loves most: sing. Darla sang loud and clear, seemingly unaffected by the massive stadium full of people who were all focused on her for a full minute and a half. She took her time and didn’t miss any of the words, and her notes were dead on.
Darla first performed the national anthem with the Jimmy Fund chorus earlier in the evening, and then returned for her solo performance, which may have explained her ease at the microphone.
This little fighter has inspired us, and we hope a little bit of that rubbed off on each and every person in the stands. We wish her and her family all the best as they continue to fight her cancer.