Florence + the Machine surprises teenage cancer patient with private bedside concert

15-year-old Karinya Chen had tickets to see the band, but had to cancel when her health declined.

Last week, indie rock band Florence + the Machine played a concert at the Austin 360 Amphitheatre, but their most important gig was a private show they played for one of their biggest fans -- a local teen in hospice.

Teen in hospice care gets bedside concert from Florence and the Machine

Several heartwarming viral videos show singer Florence Welch playing a personal bedside concert for a 15-year-old cancer patient Karinya Chen at Hospice Austin's Christopher House. The two are singing "Shake It Out" and "Dog Days Are Over" as duets, with Welch complimenting Karinya's harmonizing

Karinya had tickets to see Florence + the Machine on Thursday night, but had to cancel her plans when her health declined. That's when hospice staffers reached out the band, who were happy to pay a visit.

Oh, man. Tears. So many tears.

"All of us were crying. All the staff were crying," said Melinda Marble, one of the staffers who was in the room for the performance. "They brought our patient some tee shirts, a hoodie and a bag, a poster. Our patient wanted Florence to sign her arm with permanent marker so it wouldn't come off and so Florence did."

Props to Florence + the Machine for making this fan's day. For making everybody's day.

More here: Hospice staff behind viral Florence and the Machine video speaks


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