Frances Stanaway, a resident at Life Care Center of Grandview, Missouri, has been a country music fan all her life.
Lately, she has enjoyed listening to the music of country star Luke Bryan.
Stanaway has a terminal illness, and Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care in Independence, Missouri, connected her with a way to fulfill her dream of meeting Bryan. He was coming to Kansas City for a concert on July 21, 2017. Tracy Bunch, coordinator of Crossroads’ Gift of a Day campaign that helps hospice patients’ wishes come true, contacted his agency and obtained tickets for Stanaway, her son and daughter-in-law and three associates.
The day of the show, Stanaway excitedly headed off for the night of a lifetime. First, she enjoyed a lobster macaroni and cheese dinner with chocolate ice cream for dessert at local Bristol Grill, courtesy of the owners. Then she not only got to go to the Luke Bryan concert but got to meet him in person before the show.
“He is a handsome, kind and gentle man with a wonderful smile,” said Stanaway.
Stanaway brought Bryan his favorite before-the-show snack: Lay’s potato chips and a can of Topsy’s popcorn (a local gourmet brand).
After the meet-and-greet, Stanaway and her family got to enjoy the concert.
“I enjoy the beat of the music and the environment of Luke Bryan,” said Stanaway. “He is easy on the eyes.”
Multiple national news outlets picked up the story.