However, for survivor Tony Marrero, he owes his fighting spirit completely to gay icon Katy Perry!
And wouldn't you know it, Ellen DeGeneres just so happened to hear about Tony's obsession with the Olympic song Rise… so she set up the Floridian with the surprise of his life — meeting Katy on national television!
We already knew this was going to be emotional just based on the topic… but watching Katy tear up as soon as she hit the Ellen stage sure brought tears to our eyes as well.
Ch-ch-check out Katy and Ellen's heartfelt surprise for Tony (below)!!!