25-year-old Marissa English is an absolutely massive Keith Urban fan. She’s loved the Australian country star for almost her entire life, ever since she can remember. Her room is covered in pictures of Urban and Marissa’s dream would be to see him play live. So she was understandably excited when Urban announced that he would be visiting Toledo, Ohio on his latest tour!
Marissa bought tickets and everything, but there was one thing that stood between her and this dream concert – her ailing health. English has suffered from a brain cyst, cerebral palsy, and scoliosis ever since her first days on this earth. She has known pain ever since the beginning, and now she was in worse shape than ever.
English’s health is rapidly deteriorating, to the point that nurses gave her just under a year to live.
“Go home and enjoy her for possibly a year, that might be the longest you’ll have her,” one nurse said, according to Shared.com reporting.
Her health made it impossible to get out of bed, much less to make it to a rock concert and back again. Sadly, it seemed that she wouldn’t be able to see her idol before the end of her days – until some nurses decided to do something out of this world.
Nurses, including Jen Cassidy, started a campaign via social media to invite Urban to visit English in St. Vincent’s Hospital. If he wasn’t able to visit, they also said a FaceTime chat would bring a lot of joy into this suffering young woman’s life.
“We knew how important it was to Marissa to be at that concert tonight,” Cassidy said. “Since she wasn’t able to, we were hoping to try and find some way to have Keith make a connection with her.”
Keith Urban has been known to do some pretty awesome things for his fans, but this time he went far above and beyond what most would expect of a famous musician. He didn’t just visit her in the hospital to say hi – he actually spent time getting to know English and letting her get to know him as well.
He also made another of her dreams come true when he sang a heartfelt rendition of, “Blue Aint’ Your Color,” one of her favorite of his many popular and catchy songs. Her sister was there to catch it on tape and the video is one of the sweetest things you’ll see all week, guaranteed.
“You are a class act and we could never express how much this meant to us today,” Madison told Urban during his visit.
English was surely on Urban’s mind when he went to perform later that night. This selfless man gave his time in the morning before a big show to let this woman know how important and loved she is. That’s a pretty amazing thing and not something that anyone would expect or take for granted.
Urban dedicated his entire performance that fateful night in Toledo to his new friend, Marissa English and her fight for life.
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