Helping a songbird find her voice

Two weeks ago, we told you about the surprise $50,000 donation to the FSH Society in honor of Ann Blake. Now we learn in this heartwarming video that Blake did so much more than inspire a gift. The Red Songbird Foundation’s Hilary Roberts says that Blake lifted her from deepest despair and urged her to pursue her dream of becoming a singer-songwriter.

In her composition dedicated to Blake, “Fight to the Other Side,” Roberts sings, “When I was a broken bird you showed me how to take flight.” It celebrates a life-saving and life-affirming friendship. When Blake was diagnosed with FSHD two years ago, Roberts felt it was her turn to return the favor. Enjoy (with hankies):

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