Tim McGraw has a reputation for his kindness and generosity, especially when it comes to fans who are going through tough times. He and his wife Faith Hill can be remembered for driving truckloads of supplies down the Gulf after Hurricane Katrina, but most recently McGraw showed his support for the University of Maryland Medical Center's Children's Hospital and one deserving fan.
McGraw was the musical guest at the hospital's benefit on October 24, 2015, and dedicated his emotional, "Live Like You Were Dying" to one special audience member. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan was diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in June 2015.
Hogan completed his last chemotherapy treatment in early October. During his time at the University of Maryland Medical Center receiving treatment, the governor would visit the younger patients at the Children’s Hospital, who he said inspired him.
Hogan documented the experience on his Twitter account:
McGraw's song meant something to Hogan long before the benefit concert. The lyrics to "Live Like You Were Dying" actually reside on his desk on the State House.
Hogan spoke with the Washington Post about the country music song.
“I always loved the song, but every single word had a whole new meaning to me,” Hogan said.
The humble governor was honored to have McGraw himself dedicate that very song to him, and to have the crowd join in, singing to him. After the benefit, Hogan was also presented with McGraw's guitar signed,“To Gov — Live Like You Were Dying.”
Special moments like this are what many artists live for. We wish Governor Hogan all the best, and hope he continues to live by those lyrics. Watch the official "Live Like You Were Dying" video below.
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