Coldplay just got a whole lot cooler when they donated to an ill fan's fundraiser. Cody Duff, a Briton, has been a long time fan of the rock band and word got to Coldplay about his fundraiser. Duff suffers from a progressive disease that has confined him to a wheelchair.
Jody Duff has a Just Giving page where he is raising £25,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association so that he can help those like him who suffer. MND affects motor skills such as speaking and moving and will further disable those with it and can result in death.
After Coldplay caught wind of the fundraiser, Duff was surprised to find that the band had chipped in £10,000, equal to $17,000 USD. They also tweeted asking for their fans to contribute to the cause, whatever they could give, and residents of the UK can text their amount using a special number.
Duff, 37, also had the chance to hang out with the band backstage after one of the Royal Albert Hall shows during their mini-tour. Chris Martin seemed interested in learning about the disease and made Duff a point of the show when he dedicated one of their most known songs "Fix You" to Jody.
Coldplay's generosity is humbling, helping a longtime fan achieve his selfless goal to donate to the association. They flexed their stardom power to reach out and do good in the world without being asked. Chris Martin and the band are associated with other charities and organizations as well, donating large chunks of money to various causes including a large £1 million donation to Kids Company in 2009. Earlier this year they donated £260,000 to BBC radio DJ Jo Whiley's Sport Relief fundraising campaign which provides water, shelter, education and vaccines to underprivileged children around the world.