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WATCH: OneRepublic's 'I Lived' Music Video Inspires Thanks to Young Fan with Cystic Fibrosis

by Carolyn Menyes   Sep 26, 2014 12:22 PM EDT

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OneRepublic is using its latest single and music video to support a worthy cause. Yesterday (Sept. 25), Ryan Tedder and co. dropped the visuals for its newest Native single "I Lived," featuring an inspiring young fan with cystic fibrosis.

"Cystic fibrosis is a disease that attacks the digestive system and slowly shuts down the lungs. The mucus in everyone else's lungs is more watery, so you guys can clear it easier. When it comes to my lungs, the mucus is very syrupy. I've been doing treatments every day of my life, so to me, it's just one of those things that are normal," a young OneRepublic fan named Bryan says at the start of the clip.

The music video largely focuses on Bryan's struggles, journey and triumphs. The 15-year-old can be seen being an active member of society, playing hockey, basketball and racing on his bike, all while living with the debilitating disease. In between shots of Bryan playing sports and Tedder singing the single, another side of Bryan's life is shown: hospital visits, cystic fibrosis treatments every day and an unknown future.

At one point, Bryan comments that his life expectancy is just 36 years of age.

Instead of lying back and succumbing to his disease, Bryan and OneRepublic are fighting back. He and his biking team have raised over $300,000 for cystic fibrosis research this year, and the YouTube link for the inspiring music video included links to donate and learn more about cystic fibrosis.

Watch the new music video for OneRepublic's "I Lived" below:

"I Lived" is the latest single from OneRepublic's latest album Natives. The album was currently led by singles "Feel Again," "If I Lose Myself," "Something I Need," "Love Runs Out" and the top 10 hit "Counting Stars."

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