CHARLOTTE — A Charlotte Navy veteran is battling brain cancer and her husband is showing his love by comforting her with song.
Newlyweds Ray and Roslyn Singleton are embracing the journey they weren’t expecting.
“To me, cancer is a blessing, because it’s my way of telling people that no matter what it is, it’s going to be OK,” Roslyn Singleton said.
She said it’s her second bout with cancer. She started to notice something was wrong in 2008 while she was serving in the Navy, and was diagnosed in 2013.
“The first round was more aggressive. The tumor was the size of an orange,” Singleton said.
She was cancer-free by the time the couple met in 2018. But it returned in October 2019.
“I wasn't expecting for it to come back, because I was young, and I was taking care of myself,” she said. “I don’t eat pork. I was, like, ‘I'm doing good.’”
Ray Singleton began using his love for music to encourage his wife before her second brain surgery.
“I was nervous, and I was bored,” he said. “When she comes out, I don’t know if she’ll be able to see this, but I want to make something for her that will make her smile after having her head cut open.”
A video of Ray Singleton serenading his wife went viral on Instagram with 17 million views.
The song was from Grammy-nominated artist Daniel Caesar, whose managing team contacted the couple to tell them how the video inspired him.
Caesar’s management team also invited them to the international music festival Coachella.
“I told my pastor and God in front of a lot of people, I’m with her through sickness and health, and this is just a part of that,” Ray Singleton said.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help support Roslyn Singleton.
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