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Kind donations set to grant Shontel her dying wish

Shontel Dagan visiting Sydney Harbour last year.
Shontel Dagan visiting Sydney Harbour last year.

SHONTEL Dagan has loved country music all her life and has always dreamed of seeing American star Garth Brooks live in concert.

Now, thanks to the help of some kind friends, family and strangers, the Rockhampton woman's dream is about to come true.

Shontel, 39, was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer last year and her sister Lesley Wogand said a trip to the US to see her favourite singer was her dying wish.

But the plans were almost shattered when Brooks' concert was postponed until January 31 due to heavy snow forecast to hit Baltimore over the weekend.

Lesley said her parents and Shontel were originally scheduled to leave America on January 28.

Changes to flights could have set the family back hundreds of dollars, but Virgin Australia stepped in and covered all costs.

The next hurdle was paying for an extra week of accommodation.

Lesley said she started a Go Fund Me page after suggestions from friends and thought if they could raise a few hundred dollars it would be a big help.

But since the page went live on Friday, more than $4000 has been donated, smashing the original target of $2000.

Lesley said the family were overwhelmed by the support.

"Last night someone donated $1000 and we're floored," she said.

"It's been devastating, but at the same time it's turned around and it's turned out to be really beautiful.

"We've had so many tears of sadness for her because we thought her dreams were going to be crushed.

"We're just so touched. Words can't describe how we feel."

Topics:  bowel cancer, concert, country music, garth brooks, go fund me




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