In just a few episodes, Warped Roadies has already taken us through a slew of emotions. But the most touching story by far has been Amanda's.
We met the 15-year-old from Dearborn, Michigan in episode 4
when Living The Dream Foundation brought her wildest dreams to life,
literally putting her onstage at Warped Tour for a day.
her speak so courageously about battling cancer and seeing her sling a
microphone onstage with Falling in Reverse, we wanted to get to know the girl who embodies punk rock perseverance.
She was generous enough to give us some of her time and at the end of
it, we loved her even more.
How did it feel when Living the Dream contacted you?
When Living the Dream first contacted me, I thought it was all some sort of sick joke or something. It seemed too good to be true. I was really happy.
How did it feel to share the stage with Falling In Reverse?
the stage with Falling In Reverse was surreal. I couldn't believe I was
up there watching all those people go crazy. I still don't believe it! I
didn't know what to do because I've never done it before, but after a
little while, I got the hang of it. And it was so much fun.
posted Twitter pictures of yourself onstage with other bands. What can
you tell us about the experiences we didn't get to see on TV? Anything
exciting happen backstage?
What wasn't exciting?! Everything -- even leaving -- was exciting to me. [Laughs] But I think that there was a lot that happened that day, and even though they didn't really get to capture it all, they got most of it.
watched Motionless In White perform, and I met Mayday Parade, who gave
us a little tour of their bus. I went on Falling In Reverse's tour bus!
That was really cool. I'm not sure if this made it on the show, but I
met Austin Carlile [Lead singer for Of Mice & Men], and we had a
lovely conversation about how tall he was.
I know they showed
parts of me on stage with Pierce The Veil, but Vic Fuentes sang "Yeah
Boy and Doll Face" to me, and I bawled my eyes out right after.
What have you been doing since Warped Tour?
Warped Tour, I've really just been enjoying life. I'm really happy with
everything that's been going on. I'm in remission now, so that's
amazing. Nothing can hold me back. I'm focusing more on my goals in
life, and one of those is ultimately to become an actress.
We heard you kicked cancer's ass. How did it feel to hear that news?
yeah, I did! The doctors told me beforehand that we were going to do
about one year of chemo and radiation. So I finished my one year, and I
still have to go back and do testing and whatnot to ensure that it's
But my doctors told me that, so far, they don't think
anything else is there, and that's really good. We just need to keep an
eye out for any bumps or anything that seems unusual.
What advice would you give to kids going through difficult situations?
strong. You may not see it now, but there's a light at the end of every
tunnel, and you will live to get through it. Just believe in yourself.
Don't let anyone bring you down.
You have cancer? Show it who's
boss. Stay positive, and kick its ass. You struggle with depression?
You're gonna be okay. Just hold on, and look for the positive things in
life. You can do anything you set your mind to. Don't feel alone because
I'm right there with you, and I love you.
What will you do to try and top your Warped Tour experience?
could ever possibly top my experience at Warped Tour. I'll remember
that day forever because on that day, I was an actual rock star.