Lady Gaga performs during day 2 of the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Weekend 2) at the Empire Polo Club on April 22, 2017 in Indio, California.
Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella

It’s pretty safe to say that any kind of cancer is the worst. Cancer is scary, and the treatment can often be worse. When someone you love is going through it, it’s not easy to sit by and just “be there” for them, even though that’s really all they need from you. Unless you’re Lady Gaga, whose friend is battling cancer, and you’re able to get a moment of love from your entire Coachella audience. Sure, a sweet message shouted out from a stage isn’t going to kick cancer’s ass either, but good vibes can help.

Lady Gaga’s long-time friend and assistant Sonja Durham has metastasized stage four cancer in her brain and in her lungs. But that didn’t mean that Sonja wasn’t hoping to make it to Coachella — she posted a selfie to Instagram in her hospital bed, with both Coachella and hospital wristbands. So Gaga knew she’d be catching up on her performance somehow. Before going into an acoustic “Edge of Glory,” Lady Gaga told the crowd:


In the middle of the song she stopped to say, “I’m sorry you don’t feel well, Son. We all wish you were here with us.” By the end of the song, people in the crowd were chanting Sonja’s name. This isn’t the first time Lady Gaga has dedicated music to her friend. On Joanne, “Grigio Girls” was also inspired by Sonja.

The two women are more than colleagues. Durham wrote in her blog earlier this year that Lady Gaga’s support has meant everything. She wrote:

Hopefully, Sonja gets better soon and gets on that non-profit with Lady Gaga as soon as humanly possible. Because those two would definitely know how to kick cancer.