SickKids
Strong Heart
$8,765.00
$5,000.00

My Message

The story of Strong Heart

In less than a year, cancer would change the lives of three Peterborough, Ontario families forever.

In November 2015, two months after his first birthday, Harrison McKinnon was diagnosed with lymphoma. 

In July 2016, three-year old Eliza Grace Vivian was diagnosed with leukemia. 

Just four days later, eight-year old Neave Alderson was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma.

With infinite bravery, determination, and hope-filled hearts, these three young warriors battled the beast, endured the pain, and bore the scars. While each of their journeys has taken them through different twists, victories, and losses, their three strong hearts came to be intertwined, forming kindred friendships that will live on forever.

Strong Heart is a tribute to not only Eliza Grace, Neave, and mighty Harrison, who fought relentlessly until losing his battle in June 2017, but also to all of the tiny warriors who have come before and who will unfortunately come after them.

About Strong Heart

Strong Heart is written and performed by Peterborough singer/songwriter Melissa Payne. Through collaboration with the incredibly talented Natalie MacMaster and skilled producer James McKenty, this beautiful song was born.
To create the accompanying music video, Melissa brought her friend and filmmaker Megan Murphy on board. Melissa and Megan have worked together in various creative circles, but this particular project was close to both of their hearts.

As devoted aunts to Eliza and Neave, they have witnessed the devastating heartbreak, the incomparable strength and the awe-inspiring bravery these little warriors embody. As artists, they channeled their own fear and inspiration into this project. The proceeds from this song will be donated to the SickKids Foundation — because no strong heart should have to face this battle alone. 

Music credits: 

Written by: Melissa Payne
Composed by: Melissa Payne, Maia Davies
Engineered and Produced by: James Mckenty
Vocals/guitar: Melissa Payne
Fiddle: Natalie MacMaster
Viola: Jimmy Bowskill
Piano: Rob Phillips
Harmony vocal: Evangeline Gentle
Music Video:
Producer & Director: Megan Murphy
Co-Producer, Cinematographer & Editor: Rob Viscardis
Event Date
Nov 12, 2015 12:00 AM
Location Name
First Location

Event Details

Stars

My Team

%TeamName% is affiliated with %CorporateTeamName%

Leave a Message

Friend of SickKids donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 19, 2017 10:12 PM
Dave & Jodie donated $25.00
Sep 18, 2017 4:35 PM
Maggie and Mary-Kate Edwards donated $50.00
Sep 17, 2017 7:50 AM
Tina Dummit donated $300.00
Sep 16, 2017 4:41 PM
gordsharpe9@gmail.com left a message
Sep 16, 2017 11:56 AM
Raise money for this or any charity of choice during Halloween 17 Festival on The SickKids Events schedule. Please pass it on!'nn
Aunt SheShe donated $100.00
Sep 14, 2017 12:59 PM
Margaret and Don Thompson left a message
Sep 13, 2017 8:51 PM
Inspiring stories and music by great local talent
Friend of SickKids donated $50.00
Sep 13, 2017 8:49 PM
Friend of SickKids donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 11, 2017 12:38 PM
Friend of SickKids donated $25.00
Sep 8, 2017 6:23 PM
Meaghan Hadwyn donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 8, 2017 4:56 PM
Pat and Don Wright donated $50.00
Sep 8, 2017 2:03 PM
Nyree and Andrew Sullivan donated $100.00
Sep 8, 2017 12:31 PM
Sara left a message
Sep 7, 2017 6:08 PM
Your entire loving families are perfect examples of Strong Hearts!
Sara donated $50.00
Sep 7, 2017 6:07 PM
Kate Batelaan left a message
Sep 7, 2017 12:31 PM
Powerful song! Thanks for sharing your experiences. These young warriors are inspirational.
Kate Batelaan donated $25.00
Sep 7, 2017 12:29 PM
Tanya Tucker left a message
Sep 6, 2017 10:25 AM
Great job on the song and music video ladies! You are all an inspiration!
Dave & Tanya Tucker donated $50.00
Sep 6, 2017 10:25 AM
Chantal & Bryan donated $50.00
Sep 5, 2017 2:52 PM
Friend of SickKids donated $100.00
Sep 5, 2017 11:42 AM
Jamie Tompkins donated $50.00
Sep 5, 2017 9:53 AM
Friend of SickKids donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 4, 2017 10:30 PM
Friends left a message
Sep 4, 2017 10:27 PM
We are all the strongest people I know....
Jill Ritchie and Bruce Wurtele donated $25.00
Sep 4, 2017 8:49 PM
Ryan and Amanda Crowley donated $50.00
Sep 4, 2017 6:22 PM
Taylor Wheatley left a message
Sep 4, 2017 1:37 PM
From the entire National Kids Cancer Ride team, we support you all and are sending immense amounts of love your way as we cross Canada on our bikes!
Troy left a message
Sep 4, 2017 12:23 PM
Keep on giving er
Troy Beavis donated $100.00
Sep 4, 2017 12:22 PM
Friend of SickKids donated $100.00
Sep 4, 2017 11:22 AM
Kathleen left a message
Sep 4, 2017 11:04 AM
To Super H and all the little warriors.
Kathleen & Chris donated $25.00
Sep 4, 2017 11:04 AM
Lorraine Dunn donated $50.00
Sep 4, 2017 9:33 AM
Heather Somerville donated $200.00
Sep 3, 2017 9:30 PM
janice left a message
Sep 3, 2017 1:05 PM
kick cancers butt Eliza
janice koczka donated $50.00
Sep 3, 2017 1:04 PM
Guylaine & Roger Pellerin donated $25.00
Sep 3, 2017 12:45 PM
Cathy Naish donated $50.00
Sep 3, 2017 12:11 PM
Margaret Good left a message
Sep 3, 2017 11:10 AM
Strong hearts forever.
Margaret Good donated $50.00
Sep 3, 2017 11:09 AM
Kirk Moloney donated $100.00
Sep 3, 2017 9:56 AM
Don & Dianne Jamieson donated $100.00
Sep 3, 2017 9:37 AM
Quong Family donated $250.00
Sep 2, 2017 6:15 PM
Mike and Michelle Young donated $25.00
Sep 2, 2017 3:25 PM
J. Bell donated $50.00
Sep 2, 2017 11:48 AM
Caroline and Christian donated $50.00
Sep 2, 2017 11:43 AM
Mo Smith donated $100.00
Sep 2, 2017 11:38 AM
The Wannans donated $50.00
Sep 2, 2017 11:14 AM
Phil, Tsering, Sonam & Dharma left a message
Sep 2, 2017 11:01 AM
To all of the warriors out there and in memory of our little buddy Super H xoxo
Phil, Tsering, Sonam & Dharma donated $200.00
Sep 2, 2017 10:58 AM
Barry & Rose donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 2, 2017 9:25 AM
Friend of SickKids donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 2, 2017 9:21 AM
Claire & Cooper donated $100.00
Sep 2, 2017 8:56 AM
L Kash donated $100.00
Sep 2, 2017 8:15 AM
Patricia Lund donated $250.00
Sep 2, 2017 8:13 AM
Linda Kash left a message
Sep 2, 2017 8:11 AM
We have no idea just how strong we are until we face adversity's mountain. That's when we climb and welcome help along the way. To those who made the summit, and especially to those who didn't, we salute you and remember ??
Doug Corbett donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 2, 2017 7:09 AM
Lorri Mccabe donated $50.00
Sep 1, 2017 10:17 PM
Friend of SickKids donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 1, 2017 9:50 PM
Margaret left a message
Sep 1, 2017 7:16 PM
I am so proud of all of you....and your amazing children for meeting the challenges of the past year and still finding time to make adifference for others.....the song is beautiful and will continue to inspire others...Love to all...
Margaret Keatings donated $500.00
Sep 1, 2017 7:13 PM
Graunt Anne left a message
Sep 1, 2017 6:38 PM
So proud of you all -warriors indeed!
Anne Murphy donated $100.00
Sep 1, 2017 6:34 PM
Kristen Miller left a message
Sep 1, 2017 5:01 PM
You are doing amazing things!!
Kristen Miller donated $25.00
Sep 1, 2017 5:01 PM
Cheryl L deRooy donated $50.00
Sep 1, 2017 3:37 PM
Karen Ruth donated $100.00
Sep 1, 2017 3:11 PM
Kat Douglas donated $30.00
Sep 1, 2017 2:50 PM
Cathy Bedford donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 1, 2017 1:29 PM
Scott and Jill Warren donated $50.00
Sep 1, 2017 1:20 PM
Faryn left a message
Sep 1, 2017 12:54 PM
Such a beautiful
Friend of SickKids donated $25.00
Sep 1, 2017 12:50 PM
Friend of SickKids donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 1, 2017 12:07 PM
Eliza Vivian donated $100.00
Sep 1, 2017 11:46 AM
Trent and Maureen Milne left a message
Sep 1, 2017 11:45 AM
Love and hugs to all the strong warriors
Trent and Maureen Milne donated $50.00
Sep 1, 2017 11:44 AM
Friend of SickKids donated $25.00
Sep 1, 2017 11:36 AM
Caitlin and Claira left a message
Sep 1, 2017 11:23 AM
So proud of all of you. Love.
Claira Vivian donated $25.00
Sep 1, 2017 11:21 AM
Greg and Karen left a message
Sep 1, 2017 11:06 AM
Strong Hearts is a beautiful song, created by beautiful people with a wonderful cause. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers each day.
Greg and Karen Reeves donated $100.00
Sep 1, 2017 11:01 AM
Kellie Suderman left a message
Sep 1, 2017 11:00 AM
You got this Eliza! Stay strong.
Friend of SickKids donated $50.00
Sep 1, 2017 10:59 AM
Camielle Stewart left a message
Sep 1, 2017 10:58 AM
To the most inspiring family we know. You're are all absolutely amazing. The song and video you've created will have such an impact, much needed awareness and donations for Childhood cancer.
Camielle Stewart donated $100.00
Sep 1, 2017 10:53 AM
Uncle Joey left a message
Sep 1, 2017 10:53 AM
Eliza is a lucky girl to have all of you in her corner....God Bless!
Uncle Joey & Aunt Kathy Young donated $100.00
Sep 1, 2017 10:52 AM
Brian, Jaime, Wade & Ryder Chappell donated $25.00
Sep 1, 2017 10:43 AM
Grandpa, Jana, Jack, Kaleigh, Kari left a message
Sep 1, 2017 10:41 AM
Proud of all you warriors!
Grandpa, Jana,Jack, Kaleigh, Kari donated $100.00
Sep 1, 2017 10:39 AM
Terry Barnes donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 1, 2017 10:37 AM
Liz, Joe, Joey left a message
Sep 1, 2017 10:36 AM
Love you all so much!!
Liz & Joe Crowley donated $25.00
Sep 1, 2017 10:35 AM
Claire Thompson donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 1, 2017 10:27 AM
Pat & Ian donated $100.00
Sep 1, 2017 10:22 AM
The Micks Family donated $75.00
Sep 1, 2017 10:11 AM
Laura Ashton donated $25.00
Sep 1, 2017 10:07 AM
KFox donated $50.00
Sep 1, 2017 9:55 AM
Darrell & Jen Wright donated $100.00
Sep 1, 2017 9:45 AM
Temples donated $100.00
Sep 1, 2017 9:41 AM
Brian donated $25.00
Sep 1, 2017 9:37 AM
Dani Rathwell donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 1, 2017 9:36 AM
Shane Scriver donated $100.00
Sep 1, 2017 9:19 AM
Zeta left a message
Sep 1, 2017 9:17 AM
Fantastic job everyone! Very inspiring. A great song for a great cause.
Zeta & John donated $200.00
Sep 1, 2017 9:10 AM
Pozzi Family donated $50.00
Sep 1, 2017 8:48 AM
Damario Family donated $25.00
Sep 1, 2017 7:08 AM
Sarah donated $100.00
Sep 1, 2017 6:51 AM
James and Kellie left a message
Sep 1, 2017 6:44 AM
We love you all dearly. Strong Hearts Forever!
James and Kellie donated $100.00
Sep 1, 2017 6:43 AM
Michelle W donated $50.00
Sep 1, 2017 6:34 AM
Bernadette left a message
Sep 1, 2017 6:31 AM
Please contact John Ironside if he can help? I sent him a copy of Strong Heart Hope everything works out for these little warriors http://www.fivepointsmedia.ca/
Amy and Andrew left a message
Aug 30, 2017 8:57 PM
Wishing all success for this cause .
Amy and Andrew donated $50.00
Aug 30, 2017 8:53 PM
Kathleen Reeves donated $100.00
Aug 29, 2017 11:31 PM
Kendra Hennessey donated $25.00
Aug 24, 2017 2:49 PM
Connor Massimo left a message
Aug 24, 2017 10:32 AM
Great work on the Strong Hearts campaign! Looking forward to hearing the song Sept 1st!
PRHC Emergency Department donated $200.00
Aug 24, 2017 10:31 AM
Sandra Robinson left a message
Aug 23, 2017 5:52 PM
What a wonderful collaboration to support the youngest and most vulnerable in our community. May the children and their families be richly blessed by these efforts.
Sandra and Dave Robinson donated $100.00
Aug 23, 2017 5:46 PM
Anna left a message
Aug 23, 2017 5:40 PM
For Harrison ??????
Friend of SickKids donated $50.00
Aug 23, 2017 5:38 PM
Dave & Deb donated $250.00
Aug 23, 2017 4:48 PM
Steve left a message
Aug 23, 2017 10:25 AM
So proud of all the brave children and parents that receive help from Sick Kids. We are truly blessed to have this wonderful hospital so close to home!
Friend of SickKids donated $100.00
Aug 23, 2017 10:23 AM
Jane left a message
Aug 23, 2017 9:46 AM
My Hero's! Excited to hear the song.
Jane Crough donated $250.00
Aug 23, 2017 9:38 AM
Diane Russelle left a message
Aug 23, 2017 9:33 AM
Let's do this!
Diane Russelle donated $25.00
Aug 23, 2017 9:33 AM
Nat left a message
Aug 23, 2017 7:38 AM
You are all an inspiration and our love and prayers go out to you.
Lee & Natalie Bittner donated $25.00
Aug 23, 2017 7:37 AM
Su and Rob Bianco left a message
Aug 22, 2017 11:20 PM
In memory of our little cousin Harrison.
Su and Rob Bianco donated $100.00
Aug 22, 2017 11:17 PM
Friend of SickKids donated $50.00
Aug 22, 2017 9:26 PM
Karen left a message
Aug 22, 2017 9:17 PM
This is such a great cause, thank you!
Tim & Karen Sullivan donated $100.00
Aug 22, 2017 9:17 PM
Bruno & Ralph Serra donated $25.00
Aug 22, 2017 8:34 PM
David Fell donated $100.00
Aug 22, 2017 8:11 PM
Sara Crough left a message
Aug 22, 2017 7:50 PM
What a great idea! So inspiring. Your family has done a great job at keeping people aware of these difficult battles.
Bill & Sara Crough donated $25.00
Aug 22, 2017 7:35 PM
Jaime left a message
Aug 22, 2017 7:34 PM
We all stand beside you , holding your hands in the next step forward with not only enouragment and hope , but with prayers and determination. We also stand behind you , as arms to help hold you up when your tired and weak to show you we're here with you in this fight .... to let you know if you fall we'll all do our best to pick you back up and help you continue on with this battle, this heavy burden laid upon your shoulders.....we are here to surround you with support and love always.