Video: Garth Brooks serenades fan with cancer in Minneapolis concert


A special moment during Garth Brooks' concert in Minneapolis Friday night is getting a lot of attention on social media, after the country superstar serenaded a fan in the audience who is battling cancer.

Brooks closed out the concert with what he said was one of his favorite songs, "The Dance." And when he began singing, a woman in the audience held up a sign that read, "Chemo this morning, Garth tonight. Enjoy the dance," according to KARE 11.

The entire audience saw the sign when the woman, Teresa Shaw of Iowa, was shown on the giant video screens in Target Center.

Brooks saw Shaw and walked toward her, then sat down on the stage and began singing to her. Then he gave her his guitar, took her sign in exchange, and said, "you have all my strength, you have everybody's strength in here, and you go kick cancer's ass!"

Here's video of the song. His interaction with Shaw begins about 2 minutes into the video.

Since the video was posted it's been circulating widely on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Brooks also brought smiles to fans of his at Children's Hospitals and Clinics in St. Paul on Friday, when he visited the hospital to help dedicate a new Child Life Zone, a therapeutic play area inside the facility that is open to patients and family members.

WCCO reports that Brooks started a nonprofit called Teammates for Kids, along with some professional athletes, to build these spaces in hospitals around the country to help make children more comfortable when they're visiting.

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Doubleheader concert troubles

But not everything went smoothly for fans who attended one of Brooks' two concerts Friday night at Target Center.

Fans who had tickets for the late show, which was meant to begin at 10:30 p.m., complained about long lines and a chaotic atmosphere as they tried to get to their seats, the Star Tribune reports.

Another "doubleheader" was scheduled for Saturday as well.

Doors were scheduled to open at 9:30 p.m. Friday for the second performance, but many fans were still in line past 11 p.m. Brooks delayed the start of the show to accommodate the crowd, and took the stage after 11:30 p.m.

Brooks is in the middle of his record-breaking 11-concert run at Target Center. He has single shows scheduled for Sunday and Thursday nights, and then doubleheaders next Friday and Saturday. Brooks has sold a total of about 200,000 tickets for all 11 performances, which are all sold out.

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