Woman Injured in Explosion Will Fulfill Her Dream of Seeing George Strait Live
It’s a triumphant story that’s bound to warm the hearts of country music fans everywhere — a woman who was severely burned in an explosion at her home has overcome the odds so that she can see George Strait in concert this Friday (Jan. 25). And that’s not all — she’s also going to get to meet her country idol!
Since George Strait has announced that he’s retiring from the road after his tour dates this year and next, his fans all realize they’d better start planning if they want the chance to see him before it’s all over. One such fan is Laura Lee Sheehan, whose hopes of seeing the King in concert were nearly dashed after she was injured in a home explosion five months ago.
Sheehan was badly burned and has been confined to a wheelchair, and while she was able to get tickets to Strait’s concert at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Friday night, the wheelchair-accessible section of the seating was already sold out, leaving the disappointed fan with no way to get to a seat that would suit her needs. She put out a plea to trade tickets with another fan, and after local television station KSL covered the story, Sheehan received dozens of offers to help.
EnergySolutions Arena came through with an offer to accommodate the huge Strait fan in a wheelchair-accessible section, and when Strait himself heard about her plight, he decided that he wants to meet the determined fan in person — which will be even better for Sheehan than the life-size cardboard cutout of Strait that she keeps in her hospital room.