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Gaetano Annunziata writes the following:
For the last few weeks Mark Supik and I, along with an endless amount of friends and family that have helped us make this song everything it is, have worked on what we will always consider our most special and meaningful song. We are ecstatic to finally show Annie along with all of you.
For those of you who don’t know Annie McMahon, she is a very good friend of ours from home and is easily the strongest person I have ever met. Diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at a young age, she has been in and out of the hospital countless amounts of times battling its effects.
I met Annie about 5 years ago at a halloween party where we hit it off and have bullied each other into friendship ever since. Though she has so much on her plate, you would never know because of how happy she always is and how much life she brings to everyone that is around her. Luckily, we spent the next two years of high school in the same friend group seeing each other pretty often.
Eventually we all graduated and the time came for college. While we don’t see each other as much, whenever everyone is home for vacation we pick up where we left off like nothing has changed.
Recently, Annie’s health began to decline and she was rushed to the hospital as breathing became more and more difficult for her. I, probably along with hundreds of her friends, texted her saying love you Annie stay strong. She responded and amidst everything that was going on instead of talking about herself, she made it a point to tell me how much she loved our new song. This is a testament to the type of girl Annie is.
The week that followed our conversation went on to be much more than expected. Annie’s health was declining faster and faster and when news reached Fairfield her closest friends were devastated. Myself and David spent hours with Maggie and Alle along with a number of other friends from Fairfield who have also come to know and love Annie. It broke my heart talking to Maggie seeing how helpless she felt even though it was so obvious to David and I how pivotal a role she played in Annie’s life and vice versa.
I'm not the most religious person in the world, however, there are certain things that happen in life that are unexplainable and I feel this is truly one of them. I first had the idea of writing a song for Annie about six months ago. I would text Mark asking him to send me instrumentals and I would try to write to them but no matter how hard I pushed myself I could not put one line together.
Then one Sunday, Mark sent me a video of an instrumental that he wasn’t sure about and I knew as soon as I heard it this was the one I needed. Mark sent me the music and I wrote the song in a day and a half with the help of Mark, David, and Maggie.
My idea was to write the song from the perspective that Annie had a new pair of lungs, thinking that it would serve as inspiration to keep fighting while she waited for her transplant. Literally hours after completing the song, we got the news that Annie had a pair of viable lungs and would be getting a transplant within the next ten hours. The song went from an idea to reality in what felt like minutes. Overcome with emotion, we rushed home to record the song accompanied by all our families and friends and within a day it was fully recorded.
It has been about two weeks since then, and I could not be happier to say that Annie is doing amazing with her new lungs. She fought tirelessly and she is finally able to breathe. Though difficult to put into words, Annie has an effect on people that is unexplainable. She brings out the best in everyone she meets and pushes you to be the best person you can possibly be. If you ever need inspiration, I don’t think there's a better person to talk to.
While this song was made for Annie, we hope that this will serve as inspiration to the everyone who is fighting a similar battle.
Annie we love and miss you and could not be happier for you. New lungs, same Annie.
Gaetano and Mark
Huge thank you to David Vitiello and Maggie Sullivan who made this song so meaningful. Another huge thank you to Frankie D'Agostino for his constant support and Roger Rojas with R Insights media for putting this awesome video together and a final thank you to Al Hemberger for taking us in on such short notice and helping us in so many ways.
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Collapsed Lung TCH patient, Angelina Flack sings "Fight Song" (Angelina had end-stage cystic fibrosis and had been waiting for over 16 months for a double lung transplant. Her right lung collapsed on 2/19/2016 and she was still struggling but continuing to fight for her life. She finally got the double lung transplant she'd been waiting for and headed home just the other day.)
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