Garth Brooks Fan ‘Still Enjoying the Dance’ After Beating Cancer
The Garth Brooks fan whose story went viral after the superstar serenaded her at a concert while she was fighting cancer is back ... and she's beaten the disease!
Teresa Shaw made headlines all over the country in November of 2014 when she attended a Brooks concert in Minneapolis. During his performance of "The Dance," Brooks saw that the Iowa woman was holding a sign that said, “Chemo this morning, Garth tonight … Enjoying ‘The Dance.’” Brooks brought Shaw forward to the edge of the stage and performed the song directly to her, then gave her a kiss on the forehead before holding up her sign and proclaiming, “God just stuck his hand out and wrote ‘I exist.’ You have all my strength, you have everybody’s strength in here and you will kick cancer’s ass!"
Dunken from KROC, 106.9 in Rochester, Minn., reports that Shaw was back in the audience for Brooks' April 30 show, and this time her sign bore another, very different message: “I kicked cancer’s ass. Still enjoying the dance!"
Once again, Brooks picked Shaw out of the crowd, showing her sign on the large screen above the stage. "It was when I woke up the next morning that I realized what the power of social media could do," Brooks tells Shaw and the entire audience in the clip above. "I can't tell you how many people around this planet were praying for you ... and they picked a good one to pray for."
With that, Brooks decided to sing "The Dance" again, though he joked they'd just performed it earlier in the show. In the clip, he goes to the edge of the stage to look out into the crowd at Shaw as he performs an emotional rendition of the heartfelt song, which talks about making the most of like despite its obstacles. The audience sings along with him, with an emotional Brooks having to drop out and let them carry the words in spots as he and Shaw share another special moment that she — and everyone who watches this video — will never forget.
"I want to thank you, thank all of you for letting me part of your life and the fights that you take on," Brooks says at the end. "I'm very, very proud to get to be a part of that."
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