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Ivy shares "At Ease"

Ivy wished to share her music

“ .... share her message of peace and find an emotional lift from her lyrics and melodies. ”

It’s another 12-hour day on the set for her music video. Set designers, producers, hair and makeup artists … all scramble under the bright studio lights. Their mission: to help Ivy, who is diagnosed with brain cancer, create a lasting artistic work … to grant her one true wish.

  • Recording Ivy's music video will take two days in the studio photo credit: John Hollingworth

  • Ivy wrote and recorded “At Ease” before her diagnosis photo credit: John Hollingworth

  • “At Ease” is a song about world peace photo credit: John Hollingworth

  • Ivy selected former wish kid Milton to play the soldier’s role photo credit: John Hollingworth

  • For Ivy, the video shoot begins in the dressing room photo credit: John Hollingworth

  • After securing the wig, the styling begins photo credit: John Hollingworth

  • Milton reviews the storyboard. photo credit: John Hollingworth

  • Ivy arrives on-set for her performance photo credit: John Hollingworth

  • Ivy works out each scene with the crew photo credit: John Hollingworth

  • The crew shoots her guitar-playing scenes first photo credit: John Hollingworth

  • Ivy performs her song several times for different camera angles photo credit: John Hollingworth

  • One more angle captures her performance in profile photo credit: John Hollingworth

  • Soldier Milton materializes at the one-minute mark photo credit: John Hollingworth

  • A costume change has Ivy dress in 1940s attire photo credit: John Hollingworth

  • Ivy loves the '40s photo credit: John Hollingworth

  • The director, Edwon, reviews the final scenes with Ivy photo credit: John Hollingworth

  • Ivy and Milton rehearse their walk in front of a blue screen photo credit: John Hollingworth

  • With post-production editing, 1940s-vintage Ivy and her soldier will walk in front of guitar-playing Ivy photo credit: John Hollingworth

  • The camera is adjusted for one more angle photo credit: John Hollingworth

  • Be a part of Ivy's wish. Watch her music video and share it photo credit: John Hollingworth

Ivy’s desire never falters during the long hours of work as her wish comes true. She participates in every step to turn her song, “At Ease,” into a professional-caliber music video. One of her teachers who went to war in the Middle East inspired her to write the lyrics. Ivy’s creative vision drives every aspect of the production, right down to its 1940s-inspired visual flare. The music? She wrote and recorded it before she was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Just getting to Seattle to have her wish granted is a tribute to her attitude. To be here, Ivy measured her progress in standing up out of her wheelchair, taking a few more steps than she did the previous day, reclaiming her guitar chops.

The work comes to fruition when more than 200 people join her at Seattle’s EMP Museum for the video premier of “At Ease.” Her success continues today, with the song available on iTunes.

Ivy’s wish come true still inspires others – and Ivy herself. She knows people around the world can share her message of peace and find an emotional lift from her lyrics and melodies. And that gives her extra motivation to stay positive as she battles brain cancer.

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The heart displayed in the video is inspiring. That she wanted to sing a song about world peace is, in itself, very telling. To allow yourself to be that vulnerable is no easy thing, given her current battle. God Bless you, Ivy. For those of us who are songwriters you set the bar a little bit higher, I think. We can all learn something from your example.

February 02, 2012 - 11:43 AM

Kim C

Beautiful Ivy. Your song sends a strong message and it's crystal clear that you're one heck of a special kid....

February 08, 2012 - 8:45 PM


Ivy-- I work at an Applebee's in New York State. I am young and don't have a lot to give, but through work I am able to ask for donations. I just wanted to let you know that I was especially inspired by you and your story. Your song impressed me and the theme was amazing. Shine on, Ivy.

April 04, 2012 - 4:24 PM

June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM


Ivy, very inspiring... God bless your soul.

May 17, 2013 - 10:11 PM


You have a beautiful voice & wonderful talent!!!!

June 07, 2013 - 2:38 PM

chris p.

I feel at ease. Very spiritual. Love it !

June 07, 2013 - 8:34 PM


Ivy i just cant tell you how impressed I am what i mean by that is that i am 12 and i watch your video every single day I am very inspired and you keep staying strong.

May 15, 2014 - 8:26 AM


Beautiful music, Ivy, and I love the 1940s vibe!

February 02, 2015 - 7:31 PM

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