Local musician Michael Tiernan is planning to use a music video to help young adults affected by cancer and is seeking video footage and photos from both cancer survivors and those who have passed on to use in new music video.
“Man in white walks in the room
He says to have a seat.
I wish I had good news for you.
He says words I can’t believe
When I feel so Strong. I feel so Strong.”
So start the lyrics to Tiernan’s newly released song, “Strong," from the album “L.A. Can Wait." Written for and about his brother Joe, who passed away last summer from a rare form of sarcoma, the song has elicited a powerful reaction from people who have battled cancer or who have lost someone to the disease. A cancer survivor himself (testicular cancer at age 16), Tiernan has always used his music as a vehicle to help others going through their own battles with disease.
Tiernan is seeking the help of both his listeners and the general public to provide the content for the music video itself, and is asking them to submit both videos and still images of both cancer survivors and those who have passed on from the disease.
Says Tiernan, “Strength happens everywhere, and shines forth when people come together in the midst of their own weakness and hurt. I’m looking for video footage and still shot photos of those Strong ones among us ages 16 - 50 undergoing different stages of their battle with cancer - the good, the bad, the inspiring, and the heart-wrenching. I’m looking for images and videos of people’s Strength as they walk their path. I’m thinking of everything, from people like my friend Julie, who ran a marathon after beating cancer for the third time; or my friend Eric who survived brain cancer and is inspiring others through his advocacy and writings; or the friend I never met, Danny Riley, who’s music still reverberates today as a testimony to his strength as he battled brain cancer; I’m looking for images of vigils, memorials, hospital rooms, treatment time, big smiles, long faces, families, friends, hugs, tears — everything.”
Tiernan hopes to spread the video virally, as well as offer the video to different cancer organizations around the world. He will also use it to spearhead a future effort of his to provide private music concerts to cancer patients undergoing treatment and their families.
People desiring to submit content to Tiernan for consideration of use in the music video can upload and share videos to the Project Strong Youtube page at