Rascal Flatts Visit Teen Fan Battling Cancer
Rascal Flatts made a teenager forget she is battling a terminal form of cancer, if only for a little while.
Fifteen-year-old Taylor Goethals is currently at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she is receiving chemotherapy for recurring cancer that has spread to her lungs. The young woman, who is in the hospital for the fifth time since May, has been given only a 10 percent chance of living more than five years. Determined to give her as much happiness as possible, her parents set out to do everything they could to make one of her biggest wishes -- meeting the award-winning trio -- come true.
"I connect to a lot of their songs," she explains to ABC Action News. "But their song 'Stand' is just my favorite song."
So when Goethals' mom found out the 'Stand' singers were performing at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in nearby Tampa, Fla., last Friday (Sept. 12), she set to work, posting on Facebook her desire to let her daughter meet the band. Thanks to the power of social media, it worked.
Band members Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney spent about 30 minutes with the teen, chatting with her and her parents, then prayed with her before they left to do their show. In addition to giving Goethals plenty of their own swag, they also promised to wear t-shirts she gave to them, which read "Taylor's Fight, Stay Strong!" during their concert.
Rascal Flatts will continue their Rewind Tour this weekend with shows in Ontario, Canada, and Detroit, Mich. See a list of their upcoming concerts here.