The song was inspired by a young leukemia patient that Busby transported from the emergency room at Walker Baptist Medical Center to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.
Several years after the meeting, Busby sat down and penned a tribute to the children who inspire cultural heroes like paramedics and firefighters.
“The video is about cancer, but the song really is about everything — Down syndrome, scoliosis, every childhood illness. No matter how sick these kids are or what their ailment may be, they just want to be kids,” Busby said.
“Heroes to Me” is available as both a CD and a DVD on Busby’s website, www.jeffbusbymusic.com.
One dollar from each sale will go to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The website also includes a YouTube link to the music video. The hospital scenes were shot at Regional Paramedical Services in Jasper in July.
A local soldier, paramedic, police officer, firefighter and football star shared the screen with 10 children currently battling cancer. One, a young boy named Gary Martin, is a Parrish resident.
A slide in the video also remembers three young people who lost their battle with cancer. Among them is Jasper native Charlie Lovely, who was diagnosed with leukemia at 16 and created The LiveLovely Foundation prior to his death in January 2009.
One of the other young men shown, Hunter, was scheduled to appear in the video but at the last minute chose to go on a fishing trip instead. Hunter died two weeks after production for the video wrapped this summer.
Additional scenes for the video were filmed in Mobile at the local fire department and in front of the USS Alabama.
Busby has several local appearances planned in the coming months, including a performance of “Heroes to Me” at Jasper Mall in early 2013.
After a year of searching, Busby still has not found the little boy who inspired the song.
However, he has not given up hope that he or his family will see the video and contact him.
“I would love to know how he ended up,” Busby said.