Sam Brigham and his friends at St. Michaels College had tickets for Macklemore’s concert in Burlington, Vermont, on April 25th. The rapper played Burlington late last year before and blew the doors off the place. He vowed to return again. It was going to be, well,’ fucking awesome’.
Then some tragic news arrived. A week before the concert Sam was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Sam certainly wouldn’t be attending the concert. Instead he was going to start chemo immediately. His friends decided to Tweet Maclemore and ask the artist to dedicate a song to Sam that night.
I spoke with Sam’s friends Ben Brown and Justin Salls yesterday to get the entire story:
“It was awesome. Maclemore’s agent saw the message and she contacted the artist who, in turn, said he’d love to visit Sam. We got final word about 4:30 pm the day of the concert. Get this. Macklemore just needed a ride!
I picked him up at his tour bus and took him to the hospital where Sam was lying in bed. Sam had no idea he was there. I walked in and we hugged him and said we know how much you wanted to go to the concert, and as i said that boom! Macklemore walks in.
Sam immediately teared up. After composing himself the two immediately bonded. They really got along; talking about everything from their shared love of basketball to just joking around with everybody in the room. Maclemore was a genuinely good guy. Afterwords, Macklemore needed a ride to the Burton Snowboarding factory so we took there to surprise those guys.”
Here is Macklemore’s account of the visit:
“With over 200 shows booked for the year, I barely get to see my family and spend time with the people that remind me where I come from and what’s really important. Getting outside of myself, even for an hour, and doing something like meeting Sam this afternoon gave me a small opportunity to be of service to someone else. I am able to realize that my problems are NOTHING compared to what him and his family are going through. And hopefully the visit made his day a little better and got him through another 24. That’s what matters in the end.”
Maclemore didn’t dedicate a song to Sam that night, he dedicated TWO songs to him. Maclemore’s visit made Sam’s day and I’m happy to say that, right now, his prognosis is good. His friends told me, “Sam is tough as nails. Kid can beat anything that comes at him.”
Sam and his friends have been huge Chivers for a long time. You’ve got some good friends by your side, Sam. Here’s to you buddy. Stay strong and keep us posted on your progress. The Chive Nation is pulling for you.
Each year at Saint Michael College they have their P-Day, a celebration of the last Saturday of the school year before finals. Students always make special t-shirt to commemorate the day. This year, nearly all the students made Sam Strong shirts. They presented Sam with one of the shirts, signed by everybody.
You can get ahold of Macklemore on his Twitter Machine. And, because I’m a fan, you have to check out Macklemore’s awesome new video for Can’t Hold Usright here.