Lady Antebellum Perform for Children in Cancer Ward in Heartwarming Video
The members of Lady Antebellum got the chance to bring smiles to some kids who really need them when they performed recently in the oncology unit at UCSF’s Benioff Children’s Hospital. The ‘Need You Now’ hitmakers chronicled the visit in a new webisode of Lady A TV that aired Wednesday (Sept. 26).
“We got there and met a lot of the staff who are working every day on a daily basis to try to make these kids’ lives as happy and as joyful and as positive as they can be while they’re there,” Hillary Scott says. “It was just an unbelievable experience.”
Charles Kelley was struck by how the children are rising to their challenges. “I was really blown away by all of the positive attitudes of the kids, most of them going through stuff that most of us couldn’t even fathom,” he observed. “So to see them still with high spirits was great.”
While there, Lady A performed an acoustic set in one of the activity rooms, which was broadcast into the rest of the wards for the kids who couldn’t squeeze into the tiny space. Scott gave one lucky young fan a kiss at the conclusion of ‘Just a Kiss,’ no doubt raising his spirits even higher.
Other highlights of the trip included the musicians jamming with a 12-year-old patient named Brian on the Poison classic ‘Every Rose Has its Thorn,’ which Kelley assured him would be all he would need to know to score with the ladies. The youngster was particularly interested in learning all he could from Dave Haywood — the instrumental backbone of the group.
Lady Antebellum also performed over Face Time to another patient’s classmates. When they sang the line “I’m a little drunk and I need you now,” Kelley jokingly admonished, “Don’t do that, kids!” The musicians were then presented with some original artwork, which three of the patients had painted for them, before it was time to leave.
Haywood found the experience uplifting, as did his bandmates. “It’s an honor, and it humbles us to be able to give back, and it humbles us to be able to use our talents to be there and to be able to share a smile with them,” he said following the visit.
Up next for Lady Antebellum is a visit to the Down Under version of ‘X Factor.’ That Top 10 finalist episode will air on Oct. 2 in Australia.
Watch Lady Antebellum’s Visit to UCSF’s Benioff Children’s Hospital