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.
UNC Greensboro’s Molly Oldham (BFA Musical Theatre ’23) has been chosen by BYUtv as someone deserving of some extra TLC following her cancer diagnosis and treatment, and her subsequent return to UNCG. The “Random Acts” television show focuses on providing “random acts of kindness” to deserving individuals.
The show’s producers determined that the best way to give Molly a random act would be to allow her to bring joy to others. So they set up a virtual concert, led by Molly, to entertain cancer patients from around the world.
The episode features additional special guests, surprises, and interviews orchestrated to bring Molly joy. Other UNCG family members who appear on the show include musical theater faculty Dominick Amendum and Erin Farrell Speer, student Jordan Speas (BFA Acting ’21), and numerous members of the UNCG BFA in Musical Theatre cohort.
The episode premiered on Jan. 6, and can be viewed here.
Help Molly meet Buddy the Elf and she will sing for you! She’s raising money for College for Cancer and Will Ferrell is matching donations through 2020! If she can raise $5000, she can meet Will in 2021. She’s singing songs for $1000, $500, and $250 donations!
Music has been Molly Oldham’s life. And now it’s a big part of helping her get through the hardest battle she’s ever fought.
The 18-year-old Revere High School graduate was about to start studying musical theater as a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro when migraines sent her to the emergency room in early August. She had been sick on and off since February, was forgetting things and had lost weight.
When 18-year-old Molly Oldham rang a small brass bell on the wall at University Hospitals Nov. 14 celebrating her last of 33 radiation treatments for a rare form of brain cancer, the moment was so sweet, she sang “I Can Hear the Bells” from the musical “Hairspray.”
Molly Oldham was less than one week away from starting her freshman year when a tennis ball-sized tumor was found growing on her brain. The 19-year-old, who had dreams of singing on Broadway, found herself in an Ohio hospital emergency room in August last year after months of worsening migraines.