Calysta Bevier, a 16-year-old small town singer in remission from stage 3 ovarian cancer, stunned the audience and the judges on America’s Got Talent Tuesday night with Rachel Platten’s ‘Fight Song’. The teen from Grand Rapids, Ohio inspired Simon Cowell’s first golden buzzer hit of the season.
When the judges complimented her pixie cut, Bevier announced that she was a survivor of stage 3 ovarian cancer and hoped to inspire people to believe that, “No matter what you’ve gone through, keep chasing your dreams.”
Bevier was shocked to hear Simon’s kind words after her performance.
“I love everything about you,” he said. “You know what? I just had this feeling when you walked out—I can’t explain it. Just your spirit, the choice of song, your voice, I think you’re really special. I’ve just got this really incredible feeling about you, I really do…I think everyone in this room felt it…I predict great things are going to happen for you. There’s something about you.”
But this isn’t the first time Bevier has performed for a live audience. In October 2015, she dedicated ‘Fight Song’ to a 14-year-old girl also fighting ovarian cancer at an event to raise awareness about ovarian and pediatric cancers. The video became viral after Ellen shared it on her facebook page and it has now been viewed over 5 million times. After an incredible dedication of the song to everyone fighting cancer she announced, for the first time, that her cancer was finally in remission.
Over $10,000 was raised by the community on gofundme.com to help her family cover the medical bills of her treatments.
“It’s weird to say, but it’s been kind of a good experience for Cal to see the importance of life,” her father proudly stated. “Now she wants to go and help out other people and pay it forward, the things that everyone in the community did for us.”
This story serves as a wonderful example of how much change can happen when a community is willing to come together to help others. By showcasing her talents for a good cause and pursuing her goals all while overcoming such a huge obstacle, Calysta Bevier has inspired countless others to do the same. I know this beautiful girl has a bright future ahead of her.
Caly is sharing her story and advocating cancer awareness on her Facebook page.