Video featuring Trumbull girl wins at film festival

April 3, 2017 GMT

A music video featuring a Trumbull girl who died from a rare form of a cancer won a prize at the Garden State Film Festival Sunday night.

The video for the song “Fighter” featured multiple kids battling cancer — including 6-year-old Mia McCaffrey, who had been diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare childhood cancer. Mia died on March 17, but her legacy is continuing on due to her appearance in the video, which debuted last fall. The project was the brainchild of Andrea Verdone Gorsegner, a Middletown, N.J., mother whose daughter was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. Gorsegner is the founder of Infinite Love for Kids Fighting Cancer, a charity that raises money for research into pediatric cancers.

The charity posted several photos on its Facebook page over the weekend, announcing that the “Fighter” video was screening at the Garden State Film Festival in Atlantic City. One picture showed two girls holding a poster with a big photo of Mia. On Sunday night, the page featured the news that the video had won in the category of “Home Grown Music Video,” along with a message honoring the project’s young muse.

“FIGHTER WON!! Mia McCaffrey, this award goes to you...we miss and love you more then you your beautiful family can ever know. #MakeItAmazing #AlwaysOurFighter.”

All money raised through sales of the song “Fighter” go toward childhood cancer research.