Michael Gorman doesn’t like to think about his wife’s battle with cystic fibrosis.
The Scottish couple have been together for 13 years and know full well that the average life span in the United Kingdom for someone suffering from the progressive lung disease is 35 years.
Stacey Gorman is about to turn 32.
Her husband wanted to do something extraordinary to mark their recent vacation to Los Angeles. He wanted to create a memory that would live in his wife’s heart.
“She had been showing me YouTube videos of flash mobs,” Gorman told InsideEdition.com by phone from his home in Scotland. “She was telling me how nice it was.”
Gorman then began formulating a plan to arrange his own flash mob.
He started online, looking for choirs in Southern California. He soon discovered moving videos of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles.
The singing group struck a chord with him. “My younger brother is gay. I have a lot of friends who are gay,” Gorman said.
Thus began a correspondence between the husband and the choir’s artistic director Joe Nadeau.
Together, they hatched a plan. The choir would sing Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors,” and its members would happen upon the couple as they walked in a L.A. park.
The Gormans almost didn’t make the trip. Stacey was recovering from pneumonia and wasn’t feeling well at all. They ended up taking oxygen with them on the flight.
But the look on Stacey’s face when the choir approached was worth every moment of discomfort, her husband said.
“It was amazing,” he said.
In a video posted to YouTube by the choir, Stacey is overcome. She puts her hand over her mouth and sobs. Her husband wasn’t far behind in the reaction department.
“I couldn’t even speak to the guys at first. It was that emotional and that special. I was speechless,” he said.
The choir members didn’t just sing. They stayed and talked with Stacey, gave her hugs, told her to not be afraid to let her true colors shine.
Her disease, which causes thick build-ups of mucous in her lungs, is often debilitating and worsens with time.
“It’s always in the back of your mind, but you don’t want to think about it,” Michael said. “The doctors don’t like to say a lot because they don’t want to give you the bad news.
“We just take each day as it comes,” he said.