DALLAS (CBSDFW) – Dustin Persson was supposed to see Garth Brooks perform on stage in November in Minneapolis, but a car crash and a surprise diagnosis cut his plans short.
Underneath Persson’s new Stetson is a scar that will always remind him of why he had to miss his first opportunity to see the country superstar in concert almost a year ago.
“I was so looking forward to it, you know it was going to be a ten o’clock show, and middle of the day I was in an accident and found out I had a brain tumor,” Persson said.
It was a seizure that caused Persson to crash his car. That led doctors to discover the tumor. Missing the show soon became the least of his worries. But after surgery and in the middle of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, a relative reached out to the country superstar.
“I go down and I get this gift and I open it, and it’s a photo of Garth Brooks saying, Dustin, God bless you, pal,” Persson said, “Oh, God it was incredible. I’ve been a Garth fan since I’ve been nine or 10 years old, and it just made me feel so good.”
It’s now been six months since Persson’s last radiation treatment, and his parents decided to help him celebrate by sending him and his wife to Dallas to see the concert he was meant to see before cancer came into his life.
“I can’t even tell you how excited I’m going to be to be there,” Persson said.
“You know it’s so important to him that I’m just excited that I get to be a part of it,” Persson’s wife Rachel added.
Persson says there’s nothing like seeing Garth Brooks on stage to make life right again.
“I think it just makes you appreciate every day going forward, and yeah, life’s good,” he said.
Persson tells us he still sees his doctor every two months, and just two weeks ago he got his latest “all clear.”
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