Good News Story: Marlana VanHoose, Who Nailed National Anthem During RNC, Was Born Blind
Prime time at the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland saw a native of Johnson County performing the National Anthem.Advertisement
Marlana VanHoose sang the “Star-Spangled Banner” at the Republican National Convention.
She is suffering from cerebral palsy, which she was diagnosed with at the age of 2. Born with Cytomegalovirus, it was discovered a few weeks after her birth that she was blind – her optic nerve had never developed. She was not expected to live for more than one year.
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VanHoose received a large round of applause and standing ovation from the audience.
Last November, she appeared on Monday Night Football before the Cleveland Browns home game. Speaking with TODAY after the game, she said she wants people to “never give up on their dreams, focus on Jesus and be inspired.”
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As reported by the Daily Mail, in 2012 she sang the National Anthem at a University of Kentucky Women’s Basketball game. Since then she has sung the National Anthem at sporting tournaments like NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Races and NCAA women’s basketball tournaments.
According to Kentucky.com, she also performed the National Anthem at an NBA finals last year.