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Singer Paul Stanley from the classic band KISS made a sick child’s day when he made a surprise phone call to the 11-year-old after learning of his battle with leukaemia.

Christopher ‘Critter’ Smith was undergoing chemotherapy at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio last week when he received the call from the star.

“At first, I thought it was just my dad messing with me,” he told “When I realized it was really him, I was like, ‘Oh my God!’”

Stanley told Critter – who is undergoing treatment for his second bout of leukaemia – to be strong and that he is praying for him. He also offered to send Critter KISS merchandise.

And if that wasn’t enough, the band’s drummer – Eric Singer – rang a few hours later, inviting Critter to one of their concerts this summer to see the show and meet the band.

“I’ve never even been to a concert at all,” Critter said. “This is just so cool!”

KISS heard about Critter’s cancer battle from a fan who read about his illness and his love of KISS in a newspaper report. They are due to kick off their next tour in Santiago on April 3.

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