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Johnny Reid serenades cancer-stricken fan during St. John's concert

Brenda Lake can't quite find the right words to describe how she felt the moment country star Johnny Reid serenaded her on stage during his st. John's concert.

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Cancer patient Brenda Lake was about to leave the Johnny Reid concert in St. John's Sunday, when the country star called her up on stage. 5:20

Brenda Lake can't quite find the right words to describe how she felt the moment country star Johnny Reid serenaded her on stage during his St. John's concert, a moment she almost missed. 

"I was shocked more than anything. I was in awe," Lake said.

"I went for the concert, went for the meet and greet but I really didn't expect ... everything was just so overwelming."

He told me that I have made an impact on his life, that I've made him see different ... see life in a different way.- Brenda Lake

Lake, a business owner from Fortune, on the Burin Peninsula, is fighting a grim cancer diagnosis. 

After years of putting off attending a Johnny Reid concert, she and her daughter decided to take in his show at Mile One Centre on April 3.

She's more than glad she did.

'This is your night'

During a meet and greet prior to the concert, they took photos together and Lake told Reid about her cancer. She had no idea the impression she left on the Scottish-born singer.

After a tiring day, Lake and her daughter went to leave the concert early, when their phones began to ring.

"Everyone was texting us and telephoning us and saying 'you know you have to come back in, Johnny Reid wants to see you,'" Lake told the St. John's Morning Show.

Johnny Reid's St. John's concert went pleasantly off course Sunday, when the country star hauled cancer patient Brenda Lake to the stage after meeting her during a meet and greet before the show at Mile One Centre. (Submitted by Peter Walley)

"They said, 'yes he wants you up on stage.'"

Lake and her daughter were led through the centre of the stadium and helped on stage.

"Come on let's go. This is your night. This is your night," Reid said as he pulled Lake to the stage, and the crowd erupted in applause. 

Video taken from the concert shows Reid with his arm around Lake, his voice cracking as he sings What Love is All About.

"He told me that I have made an impact on his life, that I've made him see different ... see life in a different way," Lake said.

"I'm surprised at that because I didn't say anything out of the ordinary."

Lake said what happened Sunday night also made a big difference in her life. 

With files from The St. John's Morning Show

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