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Dolly Parton Surprises Fan with Cancer

Written by on December 28, 2023

LeGrand Gold, Dolly Parton Surprises Dying Man with Serenade, Crossing Item Off His Bucket List

(People) – Dolly Parton is making dreams come true.

Utah resident LeGrand Gold has been a fan of the country superstar his entire life. So when he learned he’d been diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer in 2021, the bucket list he made to keep his spirits up of course included a meeting with Parton.

On Friday, the “Jolene” singer, 77, helped Gold complete the bucket list item, giving him a surprise phone call just before Christmas.

“She sang a song, put my name in the song. I feel like I’m immortal now,” he told local NBC affiliate KSL of the chat with Parton. “That was really cool. It made me feel good.”

Gold’s wife Alice tells PEOPLE that the call meant the world to their family.

“We’ve been flying above the silver lining for days,” she says. “Out of the 11 items [on the list], we thought Dolly would be the impossible, but true to Dolly form, she once again reminds the world that dreams really do come true.”

In a video of the call that was shared to YouTube, Parton greets Gold as “LG,” and calls herself “Dolly P.”

“I’m just happy to know that I’ve got a fan that devoted and that I’ve had a chance to watch that journey all these years,” she says. “I’m just happy that we got to kind of have our journey together in this lifetime. I always want to make people happy with my music and with the things I do and the things I say and I’m just happy to know that I’ve touched your life in some way. So thank you for honoring me with that.”

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