Fan travels 300 miles to hear Terry Bradshaw (w/video)
Handmade cards are a tradition in the Coleman family.
This year, Tommy Coleman, of Clinton, Ark., sketched the image of Terry Bradshaw on the front of his wife's birthday card.
Inside, the message read:
"Happy birthday! Redeem for two tickets to Terry Bradshaw."
Cindy Coleman, 52, has adored the Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback since she was a child because her father was a huge fan.
Tommy Coleman and his four children wanted to find a special gift for Cindy Coleman because doctors found cancerous spots on her right kidney in January.
Her son, Ryan Mort, 31, searched the Internet and found the "Terry Bradshaw: America's Dumb Blonde ... A Life in Four Quarters" show in Victoria.
"My mom thinks he's the best-looking guy ever," Mort said. "I give her a hard time about it."
The long-running family joke is that Cindy Coleman would marry Terry Bradshaw if anything happened to her husband.
"We have to stop in the middle of football games and switch the channel to see Terry Bradshaw's commentary," Tommy Coleman said.
Anthony Pedone, founder of the Victoria Independent Film Festival, who helped promote the Bradshaw event, offered the Colemans two complimentary front-row tickets when he heard her story.
"He came over and shook Tommy's hand after the show, and I got a hug," Cindy Coleman said. "It was a good, clean show with sentimental stories."
Bradshaw's message was to be happy because you do not know about tomorrow.
"I cried a little," Cindy Coleman said.
The Colemans, both pilots, planned to fly their Cessna 182 from Tyler to Victoria on Saturday, but thunderstorms predicted for Sunday forced them to drive.
The couple traveled 300 miles in drizzle to see the comedy show at the Victoria Fine Arts Center.
Coleman wore the Bradshaw football jersey her husband gave her for Valentine's Day.
The Colemans own a home in Holley Mountain Airpark in Clinton, Ark., where they spend their weekends.
During the week, Tommy Coleman manages his mortgage company in Tyler, and Cindy Coleman runs an elementary school in Shelbyville.
When they are together, they pray aloud before their feet hit the floor in the morning.
"We pray that we be in God's will that day," she said.
Doctors are monitoring the cancerous spots on Cindy Coleman's kidney.
Tommy Coleman regularly reminds his wife of a passage in Philippians: "Don't be anxious about anything and pray about everything."