Saturday night favourite the X Factor hit our screens at the weekend, and one singer hoping for the much coveted ‘four yeses’ was Rebekah Ryan from Tamworth who tragically lost her son when he was just three years old.
Rebekah opened up to the judges about the heartbreaking loss of her first son Ethan, who sadly passed away after suffering with Sandhoff Syndrome, in 2002.
The judges were moved to tears with her rendition of Sarah McLachlan’s Angel, a song which had been played at Ethan’s funeral.
Simon Cowell said: “I felt every word of that. You’re a fighter. What you told me was very emotional. Every step of the way we were with you.”
Following the show, we contacted Rebekah, who had been supported by Climb throughout Ethan’s illness to congratulate her on her very moving audition. Rebekah told us that she had written a song on the day that Ethan was diagnosed, and had always wanted to release it as a charity single with proceeds going to Climb! She hopes that her appearance on the X Factor will help to boost her profile and provide a platform to raise awareness.
Rebekah feels that she is ready to open up about Ethan, who would have been 18 this December. We are delighted to have Rebekah on board as an ambassador for Climb, to help raise awareness of Inherited Metabolic Diseases.
In the meantime, we’re waiting for Rebekah’s next appearance on the X Factor, at the Boot Camp stage!
We wish Rebekah all the very best with her X Factor journey and really looking forward to working together!
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