Athena Orchard’s secret message was discovered after her passing in the spring of 2014.
Athena, from New Parks, Leicester in England, was diagnosed in Dec. 2013 with osteosarcoma (a form of bone cancer) at the age of 12. According to the news reports surgery was performed and cancer treatments ensued.
Tragically six months later, shortly after Athena’s 13th birthday, cancer took her life.
Following her passing her family discovered she had written a message on the back of her mirror in her bedroom. The words Athena had written demonstrated her positive attitude and words of hope to her family.
I was on Facebook one day just browsing and stumbled upon the story of Athena. I immediately became emotional and had tears in my eyes reading the story.
I felt like a had a connection with the story because when I was eight, my cousin Natasha (the same age) was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour (pineoblastoma). We were best friends and I remember her undergoing surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation.
I felt like Natasha was robbed of her youth as she spent months in the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).
The song “3000 Words” came to me and I picked up my guitar and wrote the song. I never would have guessed it would become my second single released to Canadian Country Radio.
Before I released the song I reached out to Athena’s family to make sure that they were okay with the song being released. They were so supportive and behind me on the release. They are the kindest and sweetest people and we have been staying in touch via Facebook.
Before I released the song, I realized that I wanted to give back. I wanted to give back to the Children’s Wish Foundation. The reason is the thing I remember the most that made my cousin happy was when her wish was granted by the Children’s Wish Foundation. Her family was able to take an amazing trip to Walt Disney World in Florida.
My cousin Natasha was very fortunate and is my age now, 24 years old and I am so lucky to have her as one of my best friends.
At only 99 cents per download, it is less than a cup of coffee to purchase the song. It is an inexpensive way for people to donate to the Children’s Wish Foundation. I had read in Canada there are 3.8 million country music listeners. Could you imagine if each person downloaded the song, now that would make a lot of children’s wishes come true.