RICHMOND (WRIC) - When a video showcasing patients at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU lip-syncing the hit song "Roar," went viral, 8News anchor Amy Lacey sat down with one of the young stars who has an important message for everyone this holiday season.
Kyle Jenkins is in the rec center for a fun game of Yahtzee and there are signs all around him that it's Christmas.
For young patients like Kyle, the hospital has to bring the holiday to them with special activities.
"We had a blast," he says. "We had music there and Santa Claus came and all the kids were there and had a good time."
39 children and teens like Kyle live at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Their conditions require around the clock care and the hospital grounds becoming a home away from home.
This Martinsburg, West Virginia native has Schwartz-Jampel Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder and he's been at the children's hospital for four years.
The friends Kyle's made at the hospital are more like family.
"All these guys here are nice to me. That's all I could ever ask for."
Like the other kids in the "Roar" video, Kyle celebrates strength even when illness tries to bring these kids down.
Kyle hopes people are inspired by the video and the story the young patients are telling – that everyone is a fighter, a champion and a survivor who should savor every moment of life.
"Have a good time and don't let people push you around just let it go by."
Along with Christmas activities, the hospital had a birthday party for all the patients with a December birthday. One of them was Kyle, who turns 15 on Saturday.
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