Jelly Roll might be the hottest name in country music right now, but the Nashville native is still making time to give back.
Jelly Roll and his wife, Bunnie, recently met with Nashville resident Suzanne Durham – a terminal cancer patient who posted a video to TikTok stating that meeting Jelly Roll and going to one of his concerts was her dying wish.
The James Bess Foundation, a nonprofit that grants a last wish to adults battling fatal illnesses, shared the video, which was viewed more than 400,000 times. Durham is a former Nashville house manager for women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, a cause close to Jelly Roll and Bunnie’s hearts. On Wednesday, the foundation shared a video of the couple meeting with Durham. The patient seemed overcome with emotion and gave Jelly Roll a long hug and sat down for a chat. While she couldn’t attend a concert, Jelly Roll brought the concert to her. As Durham, her family and friends gathered around him, Jelly Roll did a variety of cover songs by Alan Jackson and The Eagles as well as some of his own songs including “Creature.”
After the meeting, Bunnie posted a video and said that as soon as they found out about Durham, the couple knew they wanted to make her wish come true.
“When I tell you it was chicken soup for the soul and everything I needed in that moment, God really works in mysterious ways,” she said. “Just seeing this woman that has been given, I believe, five months to live, who has spent her entire life trying to help other people…that’s what life is all about. We never know when our last breath on earth is here.”
Bunnie noted that part of Durham’s wish was to share the experience with her friends and family, which Bunnie equated to the kindess and openness of her spirit.
“If you want to waste your time spreading toxicity and dwelling on things that don’t matter and don’t inspire people, I would much rather inspire people than impress people,” she said. “I want to leave here with people being like, ‘Dude. She touched my life. She helped me out of a dark spot.’ That’s what I want to do. And that’s what I live for.”
She explained that Durham’s choice to live the last five months or her life inspiring people has motivated her to strive to inspire people, too.