Garth Brooks serenades Iowan with cancer, gives her guitar
Garth Brooks serenades fan with cancer, gives her guitar
MINNEAPOLIS -- A moment from Friday's Garth Brooks concert in Minneapolis has gone viral after the singer stopped mid-performance to honor a fan battling cancer.
During the song "The Dance," Teresa Shaw, who traveled from Osage, Iowa to see the show, held up a sign that read "Chemo this morning, Garth tonight. Enjoy the dance."
"The next thing I knew, another usher was coming up to me and were like, 'follow us,'" said Shaw. "And they took me to the very front, right in front of him."
Brooks noticed Shaw, walked over and began singing to her. He then handed her his guitar, kissed her forehead, took her sign and held it up and said, "you have all my strength, you have everybody's strength in here, and you go kick cancer's ass!"
Shaw has been fighting stage three breast cancer since June.
"I found my breast cancer on a self-exam. It didn't show up on a mammogram, and it was over two inches," she said
Shaw and her 19-year-old daughter Elizabeth travelled to Target Center Friday for a much needed treat from treatment.
They made the sign in their hotel room with glitter covering the floor in the process.
"I was just hoping he would see it and maybe if I could get him to get it signed," said Shaw.
Brooks' mother and sister both died from cancer.
He not only saw Shaw's sign, he stopped the show for it, leaving Shaw with the very guitar he used for the song.
"To give away something like that is just remarkable, and now if I ever have a bad day, I can always go look at his guitar and get inspiration," said Shaw.
Cancer isn't the only battle Shaw is enduring -- her father passed away unexpectedly to weeks ago.
"I know my dad is up there and he is helping me out any way he can, just like he did when he was here," said Shaw.
Brooks, who has said the Twin Cities is one of his favorite places to play, kicked off his 11-show, 10-night tour stop in Minneapolis on Thursday, smashing the ticket sales record that he set 16 years ago.