Kenny Chesney Makes Terminally Ill Fan’s Wish Come True
Kenny Chesney made a dream come true for one of his most loyal fans over the weekend. The singer was in Minneapolis, Minn. as part of his No Shoes Nation tour on July 12, where he met 65-year-old Diane Grinde, who has been a fan of the superstar since his career began.
Sadly, Grinde is in the final stages of terminal lung cancer, which is what inspired her daughters to do all they could to make sure she could meet her musical idol in person before she passed away.
“You don’t want to have any, ‘I should have done this. We could’ve done more, had more moments,’” Grinde’s daughter, Amanda Bakken, tells KMSP-TV. “This was one of those moments.”
Grinde, who was given months to live when she was diagnosed two years ago, skipped a chemotherapy treatment in order to attend the concert. "I'm 65 years old. I have end-stage adenocarcinoma," she says. "Who wrote the book on how I am supposed to act? I don't know how."
Chesney, who learned of the woman through a connection at his label, took time to meet with her, and spend time learning about her life. For Grinde, who admits her entire house is adorned with memorabilia of the 'When I See This Bar' singer, she says she can now cross one more item off of her bucket list.
“I’m only 65,” Grinde says. “If I die now, what a waste -- unless I teach, share, spread.”
Chesney will continue his No Shoes Nation tour this week with stops in Utah and Colorado. See all of his upcoming shows here.