Candi Troia was pleasantly shocked when Garth Brooks‘ wife and country music star Trisha Yearwood called her up to the stage and serenaded her with the song “Prizefighter.”
As reported by Omaha news station KETV, the clever surprise was quickly planned by the Omaha woman’s family.
“While I was in the bathroom, my niece and daughter went to talk to the people behind the rope saying, ‘Hey, my mom, my aunt has stage 4 lung cancer. I know Garth holds a special place in his heart for these kinds of people,'” explained Troia.
“Everyone is screaming and hollering, ‘I heard her say where’s Candi,’ and I’m just looking around like, ‘Oh, Candi, you mean me?'” Troia said.
The crowd went wild as Yearwood called Troia to the side of the stage.
“I was in tears,” Troia said. “I think the whole audience was in tears, to tell you the truth.”
The moment lasted a few minutes, but its memory will always be cherished by Troia.
“I’ll never have an experience like that again,” Troia said. “My bucket list is complete.”
Troia was also given a special “Prize Fighter” jacket. Troia, who has never been a smoker, has been bravely battling lung cancer for five years.
This isn’t the first time Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks have done something special for a cancer patient. Last year in Minneapolis, Brooks sang his classic hit “The Dance” to a woman who was holding up a sign about her chemo treatments.
Best wishes go out to Candi Troia— Keep fighting!
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