BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Nashville recording artist Alena Nicholson will debut a song this weekend that is dedicated to Emily, the daughter of Boynton Beach Police Officer Jose Rivera.
Emily was born prematurely in January.
The community has rallied around baby Emily and her family, donating blood to keep her alive, and sharing support on the family's Facebook page called "TeamEmily - The Miracle Baby."
The new song is called "Emily." Nicholson co-wrote the song with two Boynton Beach Police officers, Ron Ryan and Jay Harris.
The family posted to Facebook regarding the song.
"Whoa!!! This is huge!!! I am an emotional mess!!! What an honor to have such an amazing singer and these officers make a song just for miss Emily!! God is so amazing!! This little girl is something big I know it!! God has something special for my Petunia! Thank you Jesus!!!!!" the post read.
Alena Nicholson is engaged to Boynton Beach Police officer Ron Ryan, a longtime friend of Jose Rivera.
"When I heard of what Jose and Marilyn were facing I wanted to help. Ron and I both write and co-write together so Ron suggested we write a song. I jumped on it and while he was on duty one night I sent him the first VS and chorus of a song named EMILY. He loved it," Nicholson said.
Nicholson fine-tuned the song with Ryan and officer Jay Harris wrote the bridge.
"It was so amazing how quickly the song just poured out. I then went into studio in Downtown Nashville and recorded it. I cannot wait to sing it for the Riveras at the benefit. I will be accompanied by Dave Gainsborg, a 20-year retired BBPD police officer on keyboard," she explained.
The song will debut Sunday at a fundraiser at Hurricane Grill & Wings in Boynton Beach.