Any music lover knows that music can heal the soul.
Whether it’s the feeling of being part of a huge crowd at a live concert, or enjoying your favorite album all on your own, our favorite songs and artists can give us comfort and the motivation to meet life head on.
Nobody is a better example of this than Theresa Shaw, a mom from Iowa.
When Theresa attended one of Garth’s concerts in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she was full of life and overjoyed to be part of the crowd.
However, the sign she held up during the performance was something that no one at the concert would ever forget – including Garth…
In 2014, Theresa was battling stage 3 breast cancer and going through chemotherapy. But she wasn’t about to let this stop her from seeing her idol Garth Brooks in concert.
On the day of the concert, at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Theresa had been at the hospital for chemotherapy treatment.
Nobody would have known that at the concert, where she danced and sang with joy in the crowd, if it weren’t for the sign she brought with her and waved in the air:
‘Chemo this morning. Garth Tonight. Enjoying ‘The Dance’ ‘
And her sign sure didn’t go unnoticed. It caught the eye of none other than Garth Brooks himself – who stopped the performance in its tracks.
When Garth saw the sign, he immediately walked forward and sat on the edge of the stage in front of Theresa. He then gave her a hug and a kiss and even handed his guitar over to her, at which point the whole audience was cheering.
He then held up her sign and shouted: “You will kick cancer’s ass.”
The moment is so special and certainly emotional — it had me in tears. Luckily, it was all caught on camera.
See the emotional moment for yourself below:
The video touched many peoples hearts, and has been shared thousands of times around the world.
But it doesn’t end there. Theresa did indeed kick cancer’s ass. In April last year, The Des Moine Register reported that the 48-year-old woman had entered remission for her triple-negative breast cancer.
She says that night at the concert and meeting Garth helped give her more energy to beat the disease.
“I survived,” she tells The Des Moine Register. “It made me realize you never know what’s gonna happen in your life and whose path you’re going to come across. I would get messages from people saying ‘you’re so inspiring,’ and I felt like I was just a normal person.”
Since then, Theresa and Garth, who himself has lost a mother and a sister to cancer, have stayed in touch and met several times.
This story is so inspirational and really shows how important it is to make each other feel good during hard times.
Please share to thank Theresa and Garth for their efforts to bring comfort and joy to everyone battling this terrible disease.
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