*Jeff Mortimer might be terminally ill, but he’s not letting that stop him from pursuing his dream.
Mortimer is a 19-year-old rapper who performs under the stage name of Young Jay. He recently made his dream come true.
He signed a record deal with Sony Records and is well on his way to a music career.
At 16, he was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma. He’s been going through radiation therapy and chemo since then, and now he’s fighting a relapse.
But not to worry, he’s not letting the cancer slow him down.
“I don’t worry about what I’m going through,” Mortimer told ABC News. “When I see what people really go through, it made me want to work harder to push forward.”
In fact, it was the cancer that turned his musical hobby until the pursuit of a career.
“I always used to write…then put it to the side,” said Mortimer. “But I never took advantage of the music until now.”
And since becoming serious about pursuing music, those around him took major notice.
“Jeff comes on the mike and our hearts and our jaws just dropped,” Brittany Williams, a children’s specialist with Palm Beach Children’s Hospital told ABC News affiliate WPBF-TV about seeing Mortimer on stage for the first time.
At the hospital, Mortimer started a musical program to help kids like him express themselves musically.
“When doors are open you have to take them, because you never know when you’re going to see them again,” he said.
Mortimer will remain in treatment, but his doctors will move him from chemotherapy to a pill form that’ll help him continue his music career.
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