It is always bittersweet when an artist takes the time to honor a fan that is struggling with a health issue. This was the case with Hunter Hayes fan Erin Catterton, a young woman that passed away from cancer after a long, brave battle that started when she was four-years old.
Erin’s brother knew how much it would mean to have Hayes honor his sister, so he reached out to the “21” singer. Hayes quickly agreed to do something special for the brave young woman.
Hayes decided to record a personalized video just for Erin from his hotel room in Los Angeles.
“Hey Erin. This is Hunter,” he says in the video.
“I wanted to send you a video. I know that we’re scheduled to talk soon-ish, but I also know that you’re super busy being what I define as a rockstar … I want you to know that I’m not the only person that thinks this, that you are one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever come across.”
Hayes apologizes for not having access to any other instrument except his mandolin, he then records a personal mandolin-and-voice rendition of the song “Invisible” for her to sing along with and keep for her very own. He ends by expressing his prayers and hope that they can sing together in person at a show “in the very near future.”
Catterton battled cancer off and on for much of her life, her brother tells ABC. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was just four years old, and doctors more recently discovered a tumor in her uterus.
She passed away on Wednesday, July 29 at Mandrin Chesapeake Hospice House in Harwood, Md., “with her family and friends by her side,” according to her obituary.
A representative for Hayes says that Catterton and her family got the chance to view the video together before she passed away.
Watch the touching video below: