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Tim McGraw‘s new single “Humble and Kind” has inspired people around the world to perform simple acts of kindness for others. Since the release of the song, McGraw has received floods of messages from his fans about kind acts they have witnessed, and he has been happy to share their stories.
But recently, it was McGraw who carried out an act of kindness, showcasing how much he believes in the message that “Humble and Kind” projects.
One of McGraw’s biggest fans in Benn Banks, and Banks was at one of McGraw’s concerts before he went through an experience that changed his life forever.
Banks was diagnosed with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, which the Oral Cancer Foundation describes as “an uncommon form of malignant neoplasm that arises within secretory glands, most commonly the major and minor salivary glands of the head and neck.“
Since then, Banks has been undergoing treatment, and has to make a 10-hour drive to a clinic in Houston every week, where each treatment costs $330. The physical and financial toll of treatment left Banks feeling discouraged, but that all changed when he read reports about McGraw’s inspirational performance of “Humble and Kind” on the ACM‘s.
Banks wrote to McGraw on Facebook to thank him for lifting his mood with his ACM performance. Instead of simply writing back, McGraw shared his post with all of his followers which included a link to Banks’ GoFundMe page. He also messaged Banks personally, got his address, and ended up mailing him a note, a book, and two scarves.
Although the gifts McGraw sent may seem simple, Banks wrote about the great meaning they hold for him:
“I am sure that he has people that could have sent me a tour hat or a signed picture or something generic. However, he took the time to figure out that I wear a scarf every day to cover up my laryngectomy and he made what he sent personal to me along with a card where he spelled my name right which NEVER happens.”
McGraw’s act of kindness clearly had a great impact on Banks. Now, he wants to encourage other people to continue to spread McGraw’s message of being “Humble and Kind.”
“So today be kind my friends,” he said. “Pay kindness forward. Thirty seconds of kindness can change someone else’s life forever.“
You can pay kindness forward by making a contribution to Banks’ GoFundMe page here. Also, tune in below to watch McGraw’s music video for the song that connected him to Banks, “Humble and Kind”
Our thoughts and prayers are with Banks and his family.