For the second time, Beverly Ellis is battling cancer. In 2012 the Heber Springs, Arkansas, native beat breast cancer. Now she's fighting the disease again, but this time in her liver.
On Saturday, Ellis and 7 of her closest friends and family traveled to Memphis to see Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood in concert. Their seats were almost as far away from the stage that one could get, but that was okay with Ellis. Seeing the famous couple in concert was enough. Little did she know that the much anticipated concert would turn into the surprise of a lifetime.
As Ellis and her friends made their way to their seats in the nose bleed section, they met a staff member on the elevator who noticed their signs.
“He says, 'So where are your tickets?' and we say 'Oh, you know, in the nosebleed section,'” Ellis recalled to THV11.
After asking how many people Ellis had in her group, the staff member pulled out 8 tickets, four for the front row and four for the second.
As if front row seats weren't enough, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood acknowledged Ellis during the concert.
“As soon as [Garth] said, 'Introduce me to The Prizefighter,' I said, 'Is he talking about me?'" she recalled.
Garth then took off his infamous black cowboy hat and placed it on Ellis's head.
“When he took his hat off I was kind of in disbelief, I was like no way! Is he going to give me his cowboy hat,” she said.
The hat has gone everywhere with Ellis since the concert. She even allowed some fellow cancer patients and clinic staff pose with the hat at her next chemo appointment.
Ellis said that the surprise from Garth and Trisha was something she really needed and it was a great reminder to keep fighting.
“That's why I like Trisha's song 'Prizefighter'. When you get knocked down you get right back up and this is one of those things that helped me get right back up,” Ellis said.
Watch the video of Beverly Ellis's emotional surprise below.
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