On Sept. 10, Blake Shelton performed in front of a massive audience at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma as part of the second night of back-to-back shows that launched the beginning of his fall tour.
During the concert, he paused to tell fans a personal story about one of his beloved relatives.
Blake opened up about his cousin’s daughter, Aspen, who had been diagnosed with cancer back in 2015. Bringing Aspen up to the stage Blake said, “This time last year we had a scare. She had cancer, and we didn’t know what was going to happen.”
He then added, “You can see that she’s here right now.”
You could tell by the sound of Blake’s voice that he was so grateful to see Aspen alive and well. And, the progress that she’s made through her difficult battle was all thanks to one place that the country star now holds close to his heart — the OU Medical Center’s Jimmy Everest Center.
So, it was during that show that Blake decided to show his gratitude to the children’s cancer hospital in his home state by doing something very generous as a thank you for treating young Aspen. Blake donated the concerts’ proceeds in the form of a giant $600,000 check to the Jimmy Everest Center.
“They don’t turn any kids away,” Blake told the crowd, “You come in there, you got a problem, and they don’t turn anybody away, so I thought, ‘That’s a place that needs some money.’”
Blake, then, proceeded to sign the check. But, he didn’t forget to thank his fans for helping out, too.
“You people who bought a ticket to be here tonight and the people who bought a ticket last night you did a real good thing. I want you to know that,” Blake told his fans, “Let’s all do the right thing. This is our money, Oklahoma.”