LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The bond that Leon Farrington formed with his favorite Country music singer during a medical crisis went from strong to unbreakable once the two of them met face-to-face.
Leon began his grueling hospital stay in November 2016. Over the next seven months, he endured aortic aneurysms, internal bleeding and kidney failure requiring multiple operations.
To help focus his mind on something other than pain, Leon's daughter, Teresa, introduced him to the music of Tony Jackson.
“I would go in there, this small room in the ICU, and I'd pull up all the songs that I could find,” Teresa said.
One song in particular became their anthem. Teresa said she would play "The Grand Tour" over and over until Leon had the lyrics memorized by the time he went home.
Teresa was so moved by the comfort the song gave her father that she wrote a letter to thank Jackson. The feeling of gratitude was clearly mutual, leading Jackson to drive ten hours for a visit to Leon's home in Lewiston.
“It’s quite a ways to come and see somebody," Leon said. "He didn’t have to do that, but he did."
But the end of their meeting wasn't the end of their relationship. Jackson calls from time to time to check in on his friend, Leon. For all that Jackson has done, Leon paid him the ultimate compliment, "He sings better than Charley Pride, as far as I'm concerned."