NEW YORK — A chorus of 5th graders gathered to support their teacher who’s battling breast cancer by singing her a song to help her through the tough time.
“When you’re weak, I’ll be strong. When you let go, I’ll hold on,” the children sang in a rendition of Martina McBride’s “I’m Gonna Love You Through It.” “When you feel lost, scared to death, like you can’t take one more step, just take my hand, together we can do it.”
Teacher Adriana Lopez, recently diagnosed with breast cancer, sat in the bleacher wiping tears away while the children serenaded her in June. The video went viral just this week, after it was posted on Tuesday.
Afterwards, Lopez expressed her gratitude.
“I want to thank you for this special moment, it was wonderful,” she said. “And it’s not easy, but I will get through it because I have wonderful friends at this school.”
The PS22 Chorus on YouTube, directed by Gregg Breinberg, describes themselves as “an ever-changing group of 5th graders from a public elementary school in Staten Island, New York. PS22 is NOT a school for the arts,. and the chorus is not a magnet program. PS22 Chorus just features ordinary children achieving extraordinary accomplishments — musically and otherwise.”
The performance has more than one million views on YouTube.