A song inspired by the way a devoted dad’s young son is coping with a terminal illness is proving to be an online hit
Jamie Hodgson, 12, who has congenital heart disease, has spent most of his life battling for survival. He has suffered complete organ failure, three cardiac arrests, a stroke and only has one working lung.
This August the forever smiling and singing youngster will become a teenager – a day his parents Eddie and Christine Hodgson, of Tring, never thought they would see.
Eddie put pen to paper for his song The Dream Goes On in February. “I was just sitting here and Jamie was playing and all of a sudden lots of things came into my head about how he deals with life and I decided to write it all down,” he said.
The father of three, who also wrote songs for his two daughters and wife, posted it on his Facebook page, where it was spotted by award-winning musical maestro David Mindel, who has penned songs for Olivia Newton John and Barry Manilow, written and recorded some 3,000 TV and radio commercials and created scores of theme tunes for television programmes.
He offered Eddie the chance to go into a studio to record his song, but health problems meant the dad couldn’t take up the invitation.
Undeterred, David enlisted singers Martin Jay and Steve Stapley to do the job.
Now the tune, with lyrics such as ‘you’re a hero and you’re a fighter’, is on sale for 79p through iTunes and Amazon UK and USA.
Complete with a video, it even got into the most popular chart on iTunes last week, and the song has been downloaded by soul singer Beverley Knight, who tweeted about it.
She has previously supported the family’s fundraising efforts via the social networking site. “To think she has brought my song is wicked,” said Eddie.
He also hopes the song will offer some comfort to other families facing life with a seriously ill child.
The money raised will go towards continuing fundraising to help make Jamie’s life as memorable as possible. The family have hopes of taking him back to America this year, after generous donations allowed them to visit Disney World in Florida during 2012. To find out more click here
Eddie is boosting funds further by taking on a weight loss challenge. Tipping the scales at 16st 4lb he hopes to hit 15st before the big weigh-in at the end of April.
So far he has shed 9lbs and said: “It is really tough because I do love my food but I’m training my body to become accustomed to less.”