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SALT LAKE CITY — Five years ago, KSL introduced you to a young cancer patient, who left a lasting impression with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Her name is Chase Burch, and she had a most amazing musical encounter with the famous singers that boosted her spirits and theirs.

During the summer of 2007, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was on tour. The singers had scheduled a concert in Memphis, Tennessee. The night before, a young cancer patient, who was too ill to attend that concert, came to the hotel hoping to meet a few of them. The choir members decided she should have more than a quick conversation.

At just 10 years old, Chase had just had her first chemotherapy treatment at St. Jude's and her parents thought meeting a few Mormon Tabernacle Choir members might help her feel better.

"I was pretty much in shock," Chase said. "I was really surprised. I just was overwhelmed, and tears is the only thing I can describe."

It was not simply a few choir members, but all of them — filling the lobby and the balconies.

"There was no more overwhelming feeling in my life than walking into that room and seeing that lobby just filled with people that were there for my daughter to comfort her," recalled Season Burch, Chase's mother.

Some months before, Chase was diagnosed with megaloblastoma — an aggressive form of brain cancer. Doctors whisked her into surgery. Afterwards, her dad comforted her with the LDS hymn "A Child's Prayer".

"When Chase was sick and recovering from her emergency surgery, I was singing that next to her bedside," Jared said.

Without knowing the story, the choir sang that song to Chase and her family during that surprise performance.

"We were going through a hard time there, and that kind of helped a lot," Chase said.

Chase recently returned to St. Jude's, where she received the good news that she is five years cancer-free. To the Burch family, Chase's battle included some remarkable moments, most notably with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

"It gave us hope," Chase's father said. "It gave us comfort, and it was a real answer to our prayers to have the choir come."

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