A tear streamed down Angie Gentry’s face as her husband, Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry, and T. Graham Brown serenaded her on the Grand Ole Opry stage with “Hell and High Water,” Brown’s 1986 chart-topper that was a particularly poignant song given the occasion. Angie was honored at the Opry’s Tuesday night show for her battle with breast cancer, with which she was diagnosed in September. She was one of many in the audience personally touched by the disease, as the long-running radio show celebrated its annual Opry Goes Pink event.
Opry members Rascal Flatts did the honors of flipping the switch on the Opry’s barn backdrop, flooding the stage with pink lights. The trio then sang their uplifting hit, “My Wish” in honor of breast cancer survivors. Terri Clark, Danielle Bradbery and the Isaacs also performed, as did Sara Evans in a special duet with Nashville‘s Will Chase on her current single, “Put My Heart Down,” which they’ll also sing together on tonight’s episode of the ABC drama. Tuesday was former Broadway star Chase’s first time performing at the Opry.
A portion of the proceeds from Opry Goes Pink will be donated to Women Rock for the Cure, a nonprofit initiative that builds awareness and creates outreach programs for women battling breast cancer.
As for Angie Gentry, who has Stage Two breast cancer, her husband reports that she is going through chemotherapy and that “her prognosis is very good.” Montgomery Gentry, whose latest single is called “Headlights,” have started the “Check Your Headlights” campaign with GhostTunes, benefiting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.