Two years ago, Michigan resident Evie Branan woke up for a five-year coma and made an unusual request to workers at Willowbrook Manor Nursing Home: to attend a Bob Seger concert.
The 79-year-old Flint Township native is finally getting her wish. Branan is not only scheduled to attend Seger's concert in Auburn Hills on Thursday but will also get the chance to meet the rocker backstage the New York Daily News reported Thursday.
Employee at Seger's management company Ann Tenbrusch said she wanted to help the senior's unusual request become a reality after the singer received a fan letter from the senior, asking for a free concert.
"I always want to try and help out with stories like that, because Bob loves his fans. It's such a cool story; I just wanted to help out in any way I could," Tenbrusch said. "[Her story] was definitely nothing I had heard before."
Branan explained her odd request, saying she is a longtime fan of the musician and must have been thinking about him before falling into her coma, which was caused by a stroke.
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Willowbrook Manor administrator Michelle Cross teamed up with Seger's camp to help make the request happen, saying she wanted to spread the news of the positive story to other stroke patients.
"Things like this don't just happen. Everytime I talk about [Branan], I light up. ... I want to get out to people that there is hope. This story is truly amazing," Cross said.
In preparation for her meeting with her favorite rocker, Branan was seen on NBC 25 in Michigan earlier this week sporting musical notes on her nails.
"Well, my wish is coming true. I'm so excited I can't hardly talk," said Branan, who admits she is truly blessed. "There is a man upstairs that watches over us all."
Seger is also a native to Michigan and is best known for his songs "Turn the Page" and "Night Moves." He is currently on a U.S. tour with his band, the Silver Bullets.