A bond formed by a 12-year-old's lifesaving lungs

Detroit Free Press | Katrease Stafford

Photo: Eric Seals

Pamela Powell, 58, of Detroit sings "Joy to the World" during a Christmas party at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit on Wednesday, December 16, 2015. Powell had a double lung transplant at the Henry Ford Transplant Institute in Detroit on July 2, 2000. Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press

Confidence radiated from Pamela Powell as she walked into the packed room, gripped the microphone in her hand and gazed at the audience before her velvety, hearty voice filled the air.

When she glanced to her left and saw the familiar, encouraging face of Fenton Township resident Sharon Stone, with whom she's developed a bond after an unimaginable tragedy drew their families together, Powell beamed as a hush fell over the room.

Powell of Detroit sang only two Christmas songs, but the message behind the performance was far greater than any lyrics. Continue reading VIDEO.