Country superstar Keith Urban visits terminally ill fan in hospital
Marissa English is described as Keith Urban’s biggest fan, but she could not attend a recent concert so the Country Singer did something very special.
25-year-old Marissa has a myriad of health conditions, cerebral palsy, severe scoliosis and an inoperable cyst including water on the brain. She had tickets to Keith Urban’s concert in Toledo, Ohio on October 18, but unable to attend as she now faces hospice.
@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
A media campaign got started by the nurses at Mercy Health Children’s Hospital who tends to Marissa, knowing she is a huge fan of the country singer. Hundreds of retweets later it caught the attention of Keith Urban who decided to pay her a visit.
Urban arrived at Marissa’s hospital room before his concert, taking the time to sing her the song ‘Blue Ain’t Your Color,’ while gently holding her hand. It’s her favorite song and she smiles, mouthing the words as he sings to her.
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The touching video was posted on Facebook and Marissa’s sister wrote on Instagram:
“The entire time he was so into her and I bawled like a baby. Keith Urban, you are such a class act and we could never express how much this meant to us.”
After singing the song to Marissa he invited several of her family members to his concert, and once his concert started he announced to the audience:
“I got to meet a beautiful girl named Marissa who I truly think is my biggest fan. Her family is here and so are some of her pediatric ICU nurses. We’re going to dedicate this whole show tonight to her, to Marissa.”
It is not the first time Keith Urban has expressed this type of kindness, he is part of the MoC (Musicians on Call) nonprofit that bring music to patients in hospitals across the U.S. were musicians visit the bedside of patients, singing to them.
In honor of the organization’s 10th anniversary Keith Urban surprised patients at Nashville’s TriStar Centennial Children’s Hospital on February 1, 2017, treating them to acoustic versions of some of his songs including ‘Blue Ain’t Your Color,’ and ‘Somebody Like You.’ Other musicians also participate in Musicians on Call, like Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini and many more.
Keith also did not miss the opportunity to pay tribute to International Day of the Girl on October 11. The initiative was created in 2012 by the United Nations to create an awareness of gender inequality.
He sang the song ‘Female’ with wife Nicole Kidman while playing piano, their daughters captured it on video and posted it on social media. He also performed the song during the 2017 CMA Awards.
Urban is definitely a musician that uses his talent to give back and make a real difference to those in need.