“Heroes” Helps Raise Awareness for Rare Diseases

Expanding Awareness onto the First Round Ballot of the GRAMMY Awards®

I was inspired to write “Heroes” purely to shine a light of awareness on the rare disease community and support National MPS Society in their efforts to gain funding for cures and approval for newborn screening all energized with love and hope to save lives.

“Heroes” was shared on stage for the first time at the 2018 International MPS Symposium, and the ripple effect of this empowering and unifying song continues. It was even included on this year’s GRAMMY® ballot for Best Music Video and Best Arrangement, Instrument and Vocals! While I knew it was a long shot for us to make it into true nomination status (finals announcing soon), we gave it our best shot and were able to energize more awareness in the process.

In the past year, “Heroes” has been released as a single in three versions and as a music video with the intention of reaching people of all ages because the messages of hope and empowerment in this song are for everyone. The Kathryn the Grape youth version of “Heroes” features 15-year old Michelle Hopkins, who has MPS1, and a joyful choir of children ranging from ages 3 to 15. Michelle stars in the music video that was filmed during the 2018 MPS Super Heroes Run/Walk. Production for “Heroes” was partial funded with loving community support (names listed below) and publishing proceeds from the song are directed to the National MPS Society.

Help us help others by downloading or streaming “Heroes” with links below. 


“Heroes” by Kathryn Cloward

With a cape of courage no challenge is too big
With unshakable faith every day I live
Because burning deep inside of me there’s a flicker of a flame
And when I’m scared I know heroes are brave

With my family and friends love surrounds me
With a hopeful heart I live joyfully
I’m fueled with desire to do my best every day
Fear won’t be hold me back heroes are brave

I am a hero I am a hero
I am a hero I am a hero
I am brave I am strong
With courage I carry on
I am helpful I am kind
Encouraging others to shine bright
I am a hero all the time

With endurance and strength each moment I strive
With love and trust to roll with the tide
My wish for the world is to know we’re all the same
We are all heroes because heroes are brave

We are heroes we are heroes
We are heroes we are heroes
We are brave we are strong
With courage we carry on
We are helpful we are kind
Encouraging others to shine bright
We are heroes all the time

We are heroes
We are heroes (repeat)

“Heroes” Production Credits

Lyrics, music, and melody written and composed by Kathryn Cloward
Full band music co-written with Arnie Garcia, David Stone, Israel Garcia, and James Furgeson
© 2018 Kathryn Cloward | ℗ 2018 Kandon Unlimited, Inc.
All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

Guitars — Arnie Garcia
Bass — David Stone
Drums — Israel Garcia
Keys — James Ferguson

Lead Vocals — Michelle Hopkins
Backing Vocals  — Kathryn Cloward, Leonard Patton, Megan Nguyen
Youth Choir — Ciarra Benson, Eloise Hirt, Madi Hirt, Ryan MacDonald, Samantha MacDonald, Tommy Massey, Kamryn McElvain, Mia McElvain, Masyn Miller, Meilyn Miller, Morgyn Miller, Giovanni Pavone, Alyssa Quintana, Torrey Smith, Ava Tibbetts, Fiona Turk, Lena Turk, Sarina Turk, Juliana Zuchelli

Produced by Kathryn Cloward
Recorded, Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by Alan Sanderson at Pacific Beat Recording

Video Produced by Kathryn Cloward and Hopkins Family
Directed by Kathryn Cloward and Jonathan Hammond
Edited by Jonathan Hammond
Filmed on location at the San Diego Harbor during and after the 2018 International MPS Symposium Superhero Run

Associate Producers & Courage Contributors
Seal-Gaustad Family and Mirus Promotions
Steph and Jody Pillar
Geri Gorowski
Jack and Mary Cloward
Cyndi and Rick Varacalle
Fran and Rob Greenstein
Jennifer Peinert
Paradise Family
Ressler Family
McElvain Family
McDonald Family
Harris-Turk Family
Boyd Family
Beaver Family
Benson Family
Quintana Family

Special thanks to Fran Garfinkel-Greenstein, Lynn Hopkins, and Amy Holland for helping to plant seeds of inspiration for this special project to bloom.

Debutting “Heroes” at the International MPS Symposium (Summer 2018)