She’s whimsical, carefree, always colorful and is an inspiration to young girls and boys around the country. Katy Perry has a motivational story that won the hearts of millions, including 14-year-old Shelby from Parker, CO.
Like most teens, Shelby listens to popular music. She became especially entranced with the lyrics and meaning behind Katy Perry’s songs when she was diagnosed with a rare form of thyroid cancer in January 2012.
After discussing the many options for treatment, Shelby and her family decided that radiation was the best possible treatment path for her and her condition. They also elected to travel to Houston in order to work with some of the top doctors treating her type of cancer, making for some grueling days of travel.
“Listening to Katy Perry’s music made treatment easier to get through,” said Shelby. “Her lyrics are very powerful and meaningful to me. I would listen to her albums so much that even my parents know all the words!”
When Shelby was referred to Make-A-Wish Colorado, it came as no surprise to what she would wish for…meeting her idol, Katy Perry!
For Shelby’s wish, she and her family flew to Florida for the Katy Perry Prism tour concert in Fort Lauderdale. Shelby received a tour of the backstage area, including Katy Perry’s dressing room, before the concert and also got to meet Katy Perry at a private meet-and-greet.
“The look on Shelby’s face when Katy Perry walked into the room was priceless,” said Shelby’s dad, Steve, describing his favorite part of the wish experience. “Having cancer was the last thing on her mind and that was an incredible thing to witness.”
After taking photos together and signing a few autographs, Katy Perry made her way to the stage concerto perform. Shelby and her family danced and sang along together, spending valuable time as a family.
“A few of my favorite Katy Perry songs are “Part Of Me” and “By The Grace of God” because the lyrics are so symbolic to my situation,” said Shelby. “The cancer is part of me and listening to these Katy Perry songs help me get through.”
Battling a life-threatening medical condition, like cancer, can be an overwhelming experience. A wish can be a turning point in many tough situations. It brings families closer together and provides children with happiness at a time they need it most. For Shelby, meeting Katy Perry brought the songs to life that encouraged her to be strong and to keep fighting, which she continues to do on a daily basis.
By the grace of God (there was no other way) I picked myself back up (I knew I had to stay) I put one foot in front of the other and I Looked in the mirror and decided to stay...
Katy Perry - By The Grace Of God Lyrics