Molly Oldham, currently a Sophomore Musical Theater Major at UNC Greensboro, North Carolina, hails from Akron, Ohio.
Molly was diagnosed with Stage 3 Anaplastic Ependymoma, which is a rare brain cancer, on the day she was supposed to move to college. Surgery, radiation and recovery put her a semester behind her classmates, but Molly pushed back, stating, “Cancer will never define who I am as a person or a performer. In fact, being diagnosed with cancer at 18, has sparked a fire inside me to use my voice for a purpose.”
“When I sing, act, dance or speak, I want you to feel something. I want to inspire you to take action somehow. I want to make a difference and motivate others to make a difference in their circle of influence as well.”
Molly’s sincere hope for the song she recorded with Cancer Can Rock is that it can serve as an anthem for others going through similar challenges.
Shortly after recording the song, after going home during winter break, Molly was tested and it was determined that there was a recurrence of cancer (two small tumors). She’s going into surgery at the end of Inauguration week. The last time she came out of surgery, Molly sang Ben Platt’s “Ease My Mind” an hour later. This time she fully intends to come out of the procedure singing her own song, her own creation, her own anthem. We hope we’ll be hearing and seeing Molly perform this song for many years, and that her wish for it to provide hope and inspiration for others comes true.