Bow father, daughter featured in viral video dancing to Katy Perry’s “Roar”
Delaney Kelly has some sweet dance moves, and right now, they’re part of a video sweeping around the internet.
Delaney, who is 3½, and her dad, Sean Kelly, who both live in Bow, were taped dancing along to Katy Perry’s song “Roar” for a video by Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, or CHaD. The video, as of deadline last night, had been viewed more than 845,000 times since being posted to YouTube on Monday.
The Kellys are the ones wiggling their tail feathers, Delaney in pink and Sean in blue, about 1 minute and 30 seconds into the video. The rest of the video features CHaD staff and patients lip-synching to the lyrics, which talk about finding your own inner strength and standing up to challenges.
Sean Kelly had heard snippets of Perry’s song before, but hadn’t given it much thought, he said.
“Her songs were very popcorny to me. I didn’t think she was much of a singer with meaning,” he said. “Now that I’ve seen it, it takes on a huge meaning to me. Any time I hear that song, I will think of the wonderful work the people at ChaD do. I really believe if it wasn’t for them, my daughter might not be where she is today.”
Delaney has been getting treatment at CHaD for almost two years, receiving chemotherapy almost every week for a slow-growing brain tumor. She’s seen the video, but, being 3 years old, she doesn’t quite understand the reach of YouTube.
Her older sisters, Keagen, 9, and Emma, 8, “they get it a bit more, and they think it’s very cool,” Kelly said.
All of the footage was taped in one day, when all of the children featured were well enough to participate, according to the hospital.
Perry challenged high schools across the country to make videos of students lip-synching to “Roar,” which spawned hundreds of attempts on YouTube before she awarded the prize – a special concert for the school on live TV – last week.
The hospital made the video earlier this month as a tribute to everyone who supported the CHaD HERO (chadhero.org) fundraiser, which raised more than $650,000, mostly through a road race Sunday.
More than 100 runners wore bright-pink T-shirts for Team Delaney and raised $13,000 this year, Kelly said.
Delaney is almost done with chemotherapy, Kelly said, and she’s really excited to be starting dance classes in November.
(Sarah Palermo can be reached at 369-3322 or firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @SPalermoNews.)