It was a moment that Teresa Shaw will likely never forget: when a superstar singer brought his concert to a standstill so he could offer his support to her fight against cancer.
Shaw, who has reportedly been battling stage 3 breast cancer since June, attended a Garth Brooks concert with her daughter on Friday. The longtime fan brought a sign to hold up at the show that read: “Chemo this morning, Garth tonight, enjoying ‘The Dance,’” referencing one of the country star’s hits.
“That’s one of my favorite songs of his,” Shaw told WCCO-TV.
So when Brooks started singing “The Dance” at the Target Center in Minneapolis that night, Shaw wanted very much to get closer to the stage.
"The next thing I knew, another usher was coming up to me and were like, 'Follow us,'" the 46-year-old mom of three told KARE-11. “And they took me to the very front, right in front of [Brooks].”
About a minute into the song, the camera caught Shaw’s sign, prompting cheers from the crowd. A minute later, Brooks walked to the edge of the stage, sat down right in front of an awestruck Shaw and began serenading her. Moments later, he took her hand and gave her his guitar.
"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," Shaw told KARE-11.
As the song ended, Brooks and Shaw embraced, and the singer planted a kiss atop her head. He then stood, Shaw’s sign in his hand and exclaimed: “God just stuck his hand out and wrote this … You have all my strength, you have everybody’s strength in here and you go kick cancer’s ass!”
Scroll to 2:10 in the video below to watch the moving encounter:
Shaw told WCCO-TV that the experience was “overwhelming, humbling.”
“You never expect that from anybody, especially a big superstar,” she said.
As Taste of Country notes, Brooks is no stranger to the pain of cancer. He lost both his mother and sister to the disease.