April 07, 2020
Following the recovery of Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson from coronavirus, the latter has performed for the first time, by singing the national anthem before the NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race at Bristol.
Four weeks have passed since singer Rita Wilson and her husband, Tom Hanks announced that they tested positive to the coronavirus pandemic, becoming one of the first celebrities to be infected with the disease.
The couple has since recovered from the virus and are slowly getting back to shape, although most parts of the world continue to be in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson arrive at Valentino's 40th Anniversary Los Angeles event November 17, 2000 at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, CA | Photo: Getty Images
The couple kept their fans updated on their activities while in quarantine and isolation, with one of those updates seeing Rita Wilson perform one of her songs, and also rapping to "Hip Hop Hooray."
It showed how much Wilson missed singing to the public, and soon after her recovery, she was filmed by her son, Truman Hanks, 24, singing the US National Anthem from their home in LA.
The anthem preceded the broadcast of NASCAR's virtual race, the third that has been held since the coronavirus outbreak led to a suspension of NASCAR's races in March.
NASCAR's drivers compete against each other by using race simulators, much like those in arcade racing games. The virtual races are televised live on FOX Sports and have generated about a million viewers so far.
She explained the significance of the date, March 29, to her life, being the day she learned of her breast cancer diagnosis
Seeing the recovered Rita Wilson performing the national anthem, apart from being a moment to be happy about, also filled most of the viewers and fans of NASCAR with hope.
Some of them shared their delight over the development, with one fan saying that Wilson sang the anthem very well and that seeing and hearing her feeling better gave them a glimmer of hope. Another fan said:
"Excellent job. When we do get back to real racing, she should be invited to sing again."
In the post, she explained the significance of the date, March 29, to her life, being the day she learned of her breast cancer diagnosis.
The 63-year-old went on to thank her doctors, nurses, friends, family, and everyone who got her through that period. Going on, she said that March 29 also marks the day she was honored with a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
She also released her fourth studio album, "Halfway to Home," on that date last year. In conclusion, the singer said that she was celebrating the beauty of life on March 29, 2020, as well as the blessings God has given her, especially after surviving COVID-19.