Vancouver Coastal Health has posted an inspiring story on its website about a 17-year-old singer and burn victim from Squamish.
In March, Sammy Badger, a.k.a. Valor Grey, endured horrific third-degree burns on her face and left hand when a flammable can was thrown into a campfire.
The 17-year-old ended up in the burn and trauma unit at Vancouver General Hospital, where she was comforted through her recovery by a music therapist named Gemma.
"Through her swollen and burned lips, Sammy, a lifelong musician and singer, sang a song back to Gemma," the Valor Grey bandcamp page says. "Both Gemma and the nurse said that it was the first time a patient had sung to them."
That was how a new song “Phoenix” came to life.
After getting back home, Badger finished the song with assistance from her sister, Alex, and her mom, broacaster Tamara Stanners.
They recruited producer JP Maurice, sound mixer Russell Broom, vocalist Angela Kelman, guitarist and Mother Mother frontman Ryan Guldemond, and Bend Sinister drummer Ben Sinister.
The single was released on August 24.