MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) – Two nurses at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital had an idea. They wanted to make a video featuring their patients, something fun to look back on when cancer is hopefully just a memory.
“It’s not sad here, it’s fun, we have fun with our kids, we have fun with the patients while they’re here. We don’t want it to be a sad time in their lives because they have enough stuff to worry about,” said Natalie Snyder, Amplatz Children’s Hospital.
The nurses in Unit five at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital heard the song, “Brave” by Sara Bareilles and knew it just fit.
“We wanted to give back to our patients because they teach us so much about life, like they are so brave,” said Brittany Bloemke, Amplaz Children’s Hospital.
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So, on their days off and before their shifts, they shot a video. Nearly 70 staff members danced their hearts out and cheered on their patients, who were not just the inspiration, but the stars.
Sarah Ewald is brave, and battling cancer for the second time.
“There aren’t always bad times, like you know, you need to be able to laugh about it. You need to have fun,” said Ewald.
What no one expected was their fun video to go viral. Some 300,000 people have already watched it.
“We know these kids, we know their stories, we know what they’ve been through, but for other people to see how amazing they are and to be affected in the same way just means so much to us and we hope it continues to inspire other kids.”
At last check, the video had more than 390,000 views on YouTube.