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Garth Brooks paused his encore Saturday night in St. Louis to read a sign illuminated by a group of fans pleading to earn a moment of the country star’s attention.

“Can anybody read that for me?” Brooks asked, playing to an estimated 75,000 at The Dome, a kickoff show for his anticipated three-year stadium tour.

Signs cover the audience at a Brooks show. Dubbed concert “housekeeping,” he’ll roam the stage for a few minutes, reading signs that feature goofy — sometimes heart-warming — requests from fans to play catalog deep cuts.

And the fans that night in section 151 really wanted Brooks to see this sign. Black ink on fluorescent green cardboard, a handful of concertgoers illuminated the message with smartphone flashlights.

Held by Tahler Wildman, 29, of Marshalltown, it read:

“I am a prizefighter diagnosed @ 28 w/ stage 4.”

A stadium-sized screen hanging above Brooks put the sign on display, where he took in the words before offering a message that’d leave Wildman overwhelmed with emotion.

“You have all of our strength,” Brooks said. “Some people take on adversary … they find it and they take it on. I’m telling you right now, with everything you’ve got left in you — family and everybody — you just start kicking its ass.”

He continued: “You know what? I might have the song for you. Let’s see.”

Brooks kicked into an acoustic rendition of “Standing Outside The Fire” to close the night.

"(It’s) just a lot of emotions, you know,” Wildman told the Register. “Having gone through this and (him) saying '75,000 people are praying and have your back' is pretty substantial. Any thought or prayer is one more that you can use.”

First reported by the Times-Republican, Wildman took the trip to St. Louis with her husband, Kyle Wildman, nearly a year to the day after doctors diagnosed her with stage four breast cancer in 2018.

Brooks’ music offers a constant in the Wildman’s life; the couple danced the “Wrapped Up In You” on their wedding night, and Tahler Wildman admitted to spending more than one weekend chasing a chance to see the best-selling entertainer in a nearby arena.

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And Saturday — a night after her 32nd round of chemotherapy in Des Moines — she wasn’t going let cancer stop her from enjoying a weekend with family and friends.

“This is my life,” Wildman said. “I’m living every day like it’s my last and you have to keep moving forward. At the end of the day, this is the hand that you were dealt. God gave it to me so someone else didn’t have to.”

It wasn’t the first time Brooks has encouraged an Iowan to kick cancer’s ass, either. In 2014, Teresa Shaw, of Mason City, made national headlines for sharing a teary-eyed moment with Brooks in Minneapolis.

The singer played “The Dance” for Shaw before autographing and gifting his guitar to her. The two later reunited on “Entertainment Tonight” and became friends.

“Chemo this morning. Garth Tonight. Enjoying 'The Dance,’” Shaw’s sign read.

Wildman won’t soon forget the moment Brooks bellowed, “you just start kicking its ass,” she said. It’s like the song goes…

“Life is not tried, it is merely survived … if you're standing outside the fire.”

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