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Marlena Vanhoose should be a household name. Really, it should. The Denver, Kentucky native has been faced with great adversity since birth, in the forms of cytomegalovirus and blindness. But, boy, has she persevered. Doctors didn’t expect her to live past a year. But she’s 18 now, and she’s blessed with a voice that’s both powerful and angelic.

What helped her tackle the obstacles in her path is also her inspirational weapon of choice: she is one heck of a singer.

As you’ll see in the video (filmed when Marlena was 16 years old), Marlena wows the crowd at a University of Kentucky women’s basketball game with her beautiful rendition of our beloved national anthem. If you get chills, don’t worry. We did too.