A 22-year-old woman battling cancer had a moment she’ll never forget during a Kenny Chesney concert earlier this week.
Alicia Porack was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma earlier this year. She began documenting her journey through treatment on a YouTube channel, where she could connect with others facing the same battle.
When Porack’s friends were preparing for Chesney’s show in Pittsburgh, they decided that they wanted to catch the attention of the country singer.
“My friend Taylor was like we need to make you a sign. We want to get you on stage. Kenny Chesney brings people on stage all the time and I was like, ‘No, no, no I don’t want to do that. It’s fine. I just want to go watch the concert,’” she explained to WGRZ.
Her friends didn’t listen, and snuck in a giant sign that read “Beatin’ Cancer.”
“And Kenny Chesney saw it,” Porack said. “And he was like, oh I see it, I see it and then after his encore he came over and kind of like pulled me up and it was just, it was unbelievable. He basically was like you’re beautiful. You’re going to be okay. Everything’s going to be okay. Just keep doing what you’re doing. You’re a strong girl. I got offstage and everyone around me was crying and it was just, it was amazing.”
Porack decided it was the perfect time to take off her wig for the first time ever in public. “That moment where I took it off and went on stage in front of all those people, it was one of the most empowering moments that I’ve ever had,” she explained. “It was almost just like I don’t care what people think of me. It is what it is. Like what do I have to hide at this point? So it was, for as hard as it was, it was so empowering and it was, I’m very, very happy that I did it.”
Porack will reach the end of her chemotherapy treatment in September. Her friends have created a GoFundMe page to help raise funds to cover her medical expenses. You can donate to the fund here.