Dolly Parton Grants a Fan’s Final Wish

The Heartfelt Story

Dolly Parton. When LeGrand “LG” Gold got diagnosed with Stage IV colorectal cancer, he knew time wasn’t on his side. So, he made a list of things he wanted to do before his time ran out.

A Fan’s Dream

Tucked on that list—written on a napkin in bold marker—was meeting the one and only Dolly Parton. For LG, it was number 7 on his “LG’s List of Living.”

Making Dreams Come True

In a heartwarming twist, the country music icon called LG and his wife just before Christmas, making that wish a reality. Video of their chat ended up on social media, shared by Alice, LG’s wife.

A Dream Come True

During their talk, Dolly expressed gratitude for LG’s longtime fandom. “I’ve heard you’ve been a fan of mine for many years. And I just wanted to thank you for that,” she said.

Touching Lives

LG, with a massive smile, replied, “It’s been my honor too.” He let her know how much her music had meant to him, especially in recent tough times.

A Farewell Journey

Doctors broke the news to LG that the treatments weren’t working anymore. They advised him to head home and spend time with his family.

A Lifelong Connection

Alice shared their deep connection with Dolly, mentioning how LG had been a fan all his life. She talked about their family’s visits to Dollywood and how their kids enjoyed books from Dolly’s Imagination Library.

Spreading Happiness

Dolly, always the ray of sunshine, expressed her joy at being a part of their journey. “I always want to make people happy with my music and with the things I do,” she said. She was touched to know she’d made a positive impact.

A Special List

Alice had posted LG’s “List of Living” on his Facebook page back in December 2022. Meeting Dolly was just one item—there was also an RV trip, March Madness, a concert, and more.

Spreading the Word

The big question: How did Dolly find out about LG’s list? Alice wasn’t entirely sure. Friends tried to get the list to Dolly’s people, even reaching out to politicians in Tennessee after a suggestion from Nashville’s mayor’s office.

The Viral Story

A CNN affiliate’s story on LG’s journey went viral. Alice believed that’s what got Dolly’s attention. It probably made its way to Dolly’s team, touching their hearts.

Dolly’s Serenade

As the call wound down, Dolly serenaded LG, singing “I will always love you.” Her voice filled the moment, expressing the deep affection she felt for LG.

A Heartfelt Goodbye

Before hanging up, she mentioned, “I should have sung that earlier,” and began to sing again, “I will always love you, LG.”

It’s a story of music, love, and fulfilling a final wish—a memory LG and his family will cherish forever.