Country star surprises girl fighting cancer with birthday phone call

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Pheonix Spangler

CEDAR HILL, Mo. — Reba McEntire made a birthday extra special for a girl fighting cancer. KTVI reports that the country singer called 13-year-old Pheonix Spangler at her home and sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to her.

“I absolutely love your music, and I have your 50 greatest hits” Spangler told McEntire.

Spangler has Stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma Cancer; in 2012 doctors discovered multiple tumors in her abdomen, lungs, liver and kidneys. Her Facebook page says that she has chemotherapy scheduled throughout next week but concludes her radiation therapy next Tuesday.

This birthday gift was made possible by Shawn Kohrs, a man who helped lead the Thumbs Up for Lane Goodwin campaign. Thumbs up for Lane supports childhood cancer research in honor of Goodwin, who died after a long battle with cancer.

Kohrs posted a picture on Facebook that was shared so much on social media it eventually caught the attention of McEntire. He said this experience was particularly rewarding.

“I’ve known for two days that Reba McEntire was going to call her, I’ve been on cloud nine myself,” Kohrs said

His efforts ensured that Spangler’s ‘golden birthday’ was one she’ll never forget.

“This is so awesome, I didn’t think it was her and didn’t know what to say,” Spangler said.

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