The Bay View Academy choir sang for a cure on Sept. 12, recording the theme song for the Fourth Annual Gloria Gemma 5K. The song, “Won’t Ever Quit,” was written by Rhode Island singer-song writer Joanne Lurgio. Joanne teamed up with singers from Bay View Academy, Bishop Hendricken High School and the Gloria Gemma foundation, to record the song at Reel to Real Recording Studio in Cranston. The three choirs recorded separately, but their voices will be blended to join Joanne’s for the chorus:
For our sisters, our mothers, our daughters, our lovers,
For those we will never forget
In the light of this love I don’t walk alone
And for this, I won’t ever quit
Bay View’s choir was the first to record.
Christine Kavanagh, Bay View’s choir director and a cancer survivor herself, adds, “There is nothing in the world more emotional than music.” Kavanagh hopes that the song, “Won’t Ever Quit,” “will leave a positive mark on the world.”
According to Lynn Simon, Gloria Gemma’s 5K coordinator, the long-term goal is to create a video with “Won’t Ever Quit” set to pictures from the Oct. 7 run/walk and put it on the Gloria Gemma YouTube channel. “The goal is to get it to go viral,” says Simon. “We want to get a million hits. And maybe, someday, we’ll get it on the radio!” She adds, “I cannot express my gratitude for the Bay View girls really embracing this. It brought tears to my eyes. I mean, it was one of the most inspirational things."
Bay View Academy is hosting a week of breast cancer awareness activities and fundraisers from Monday, Oct. 1 to Friday, Oct. 5 and is currently holding signups for its group, Paws for a Cause, to walk in the Gloria Gemma 5K on Oct. 7.