Amalia Gonzalez, a 21-year-old senior at Columbia College, produced this video for Katy Perry’s “Firework” contest. Participants were asked to submit a 2- to 3-minute video of the person they consider their “firework,” or inspiration. Unfortunately, Amalia lost, but she is proud and glad that people finally know her story. The video portrays the life and struggles of Amalia and her sister Lucy, who is 25 and has cerebral palsy. One of Amalia’s full-time jobs is taking care of Lucy. Lucy, in turn, is the reason Amalia is going to school. Amalia hopes to one day supply Lucy with everything she desires. Lucy is Amalia’s sister, inspiration and firework.

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