Chris Martin Visited This Coldplay Fan Fighting Cancer Who Couldn't Make It To A Concert

He had lined up early for a ticket.

Coldplay had a concert at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds in Manila, Philippines, this week. Ken Santiago, a medical student at the University of the Philippines-Manila, had wanted to attend the show, but he couldn't make it, as he's currently battling Stage 4 cancer. He was diagnosed this February.

Santiago's older brother Kheil put out a Facebook message late last month explaining that his brother had lined up early to buy a platinum ticket to the show, but had to give it away. "He does not show he is sad, he said it's okay," he wrote. "But we can feel that he really wanted to be there."

He expressed his hope that the band could record a message saying hello. Word got around to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin through Rhiza Pascua, head of Music Management International, who organized the concert. The musician took the time to visit Santiago in the hospital just hours before the show.


According to ABS-CBN News, Santiago was not able to talk, but he communicated with Martin on a whiteboard, writing, "I can't thank you enough."

Martin apparently asked Santiago if he had a song request for that evening's concert. He requested "Ink," and Martin reportedly texted his bandmates to practice the track for the night's lineup. He also gave Santiago his hat, as well as other Coldplay merchandise, including a copy of the band's latest album A Head Full of Dreams.

It's not the first time Martin has shown his generous spirit. Over the holidays, he visited a homeless shelter in London to help out and perform a tribute to late icon George Michael.

(H/T: Billboard)

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