If you need your hope in humanity restored today, look no further than Keith Urban. On Thursday, the country music superstar made a pit stop in Toledo, Ohio, to serenade a gravely ill fan who couldn’t make it to his concert.
Marissa English, 25, whose health conditions include an inoperable brain cyst, cerebral palsy and severe scoliosis, according to ET, is currently in hospice care at Mercy Health St. Vincent Hospital.
@KeithUrban @mercy_health Keith will be in Toledo for a concert tomorrow (10/18). His “number 1 fan” is a patient here at St. Vs in Toledo! She had tix for the concert but is now facing hospice. Trying to reach out to see if Keith can possibly give this young girl her dying wish
— Laura Biel (@LauraBiel71) October 17, 2018
To say she is an Urban fan would be an understatement.
“She has memorabilia from a couple of the concerts we’ve been to,” her mother shared with WTOL. “She has a T-shirt that we put on a pillow that’s beside her all the time. It’s actually cute because we’ll pick up the pillow and hug it and kiss it… She’ll point at it and say, ‘Mr. Hottie.’”
When nurses discovered English’s love for Urban and realized she would be too sick to attend his Graffiti U tour, they started a social media campaign to get Urban to visit English in the hospital.
“We knew how important it was to Marissa to be at that concert tonight, and since she wasn’t able to, we were hoping to try and find some way to have Keith make a connection with her,” nurse Jan Cassity told WTOL.
And on Thursday, Urban did just that — swinging by before his concert that evening to sit at the bedside of his “number 1 fan” and serenade her with “Blue Ain’t Your Color.”
English appeared visibly moved by the performance, reaching out for Urban's hand as the song ended. Her family watched emotionally from around the room.
Later that night at Toledo’s Huntington Center, Urban dedicated his concert to English.