That's it, shut it off and close it down. "God Bless America" does not need to be sung anymore at Major League Baseball parks thanks to 4-year-old leukemia patient Darla Holloway. Whenever an MLB team needs to bust out the tune — which should be limited to a few times a year, otherwise its impact gets washed out — just play the video of Miss Holloway singing at Fenway Park on Tuesday night.
Her name alone — Darla — is the most adorable thing ever. Her hair is mostly gone because of chemo, but Darla's spirt and voice are still strong. She appeared thanks to the Jimmy Fund, the longtime charitable associate of the Red Sox. Via WEEI Radio:
Darla was just two when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The fight for her life began in April 2012 and she is currently on a two-year treatment plan with chemotherapy. Darla enjoys singing and will be a part of the Jimmy Fund Chorus which will sing the National Anthem at the Red Sox game tonight.
And then she went solo in the bottom of the seventh. Here's a full interview Darla did before the game. It also is adorable:
Manipulative, sure. But for all Darla and children like her must go through in order to survive, we can handle it. It might get a little dusty, though. What a cutie!