Friday, September 03, 2010

A Hero Inside You

Fair warning: you may get a little teary-eyed watching this video.

Karl Dimachki, a 31-year-old Australian construction worker was diagnosed with tongue cancer about a year and a half ago. He had his lymph nodes and half of his tongue removed. He was told he wouldn't be able to talk properly and wouldn't be able to sing ever again. He was told he likely wouldn't see any progress for 3 or 4 years, optimistically speaking. Dimachki didn't let that stop him. This past Tuesday night, Dimachki tried out for the Australian version of "The X Factor." His version of Lionel Ritchie's "Hello" brought judges and audience alike to tears.

I love his intro quote: "I'm just here to prove a point: If you have a dream, go on and do it, 'cause God will always put a hero inside you."

His story is inspirational to be sure. Will he make it far in the competition? I doubt it but he deserves the opportunity to reach for his dream. Who knows? He's come this far. He could prove judge Kyle Sandilands- and me- wrong.

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