However, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society helped him find nearly a dozen other young cancer patients to star in the music video, a portion of which was filmed in Jasper in late June.
“When some of the parents heard the song and saw the shots that we’re going to put in there, they said, ‘Wow, this is going to be amazing,’” Busby said.
Busby, who works at Regional Paramedical Services, was given permission to turn a portion of the facility into a combination of a hospital setting and movie studio for a day.
The children who responded to Busby’s request for actors shared their screen time with a local soldier, paramedic, police officer, firefighter and football star. The song and video are about how those cultural heroes are inspired by children battling cancer.
Busby wrote “Heroes to Me” several years ago after transporting a young leukemia patient from Walker Baptist Medical Center’s emergency room to Children’s Hospital.
Although he can’t recall the child’s name, age or year that they met, he has never forgotten his courage.
The two bonded on the ride to Birmingham by talking about their dogs. Busby said that even though the young man’s body was worn down from cancer treatments and double pneumonia, all he wanted to know was how soon he could go home and play with his dog.
Busby has tried every means at his disposal to find the boy again.
“I would love to know how he ended up,” Busby said.
Additional scenes for the music video will be filmed in Mobile later this month.
Busby said the video is expected to debut on Fox 6’s Good Day Alabama in the fall, and he will hold a concert the same night at Jasper Mall.
The song and video will be made available to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to use in fundraising campaigns and will also be sold on Busby’s website. Some of the proceeds associated with the project will benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Heather Lambert said she is excited about the exposure “Heroes to Me” could bring to children like her son, Thomas Sullivan.
Thomas, 6, starred alongside Parrish Police Chief Nick Smith in one of the scenes filmed at RPS.
Thomas was diagnosed with a brain tumor in December. He has undergone surgery and completed 30 rounds of radiation as well as several cycles of chemotherapy.
“I think it’s very important for people to hear about childhood cancer. You don’t really hear that much about it until you’re involved in it, and it’s so widespread,” Lambert said.