Imagine Dragons lead singer to give concert for Utah woman fighting cancer

Published: Wednesday, July 16 2014 12:25 p.m. MDT

“There’s been many nights when I would pray to Heavenly Father and say, ‘I need a break. I need something to go well, ’ ” White said. “I believe that in the hardest trials, you receive the biggest blessing and the most tender mercies.

Throughout this trial, White’s family has rallied around her.

“I have a fabulous family,” White said. “My family and my husband, they’re my support.”

Although Hensleigh is less than 2 years old, she is White’s source of comfort.

“I look at her and she gives me a reason to fight and she gives me a reason to keep going,” White said. “Even though she’s little, on my hard days I’ll put my head on her lap and cry, and she’ll say, ‘Mommy sad! Mommy sad!’ She’s my everything.”

White has been overwhelmed by the support she’s received.

In addition to the benefit concert, White’s friend Mindy Anderson set up a Go Fund Me account in hopes of raising $10,000.

“I’ve already received so many donations from strangers who donate because they love Imagine Dragons,” White said. “It’s great to see the good in people and see them come together for a person they don’t even know.”

White said she’s had close friends text her and tell her they bought 20 tickets to the concert.

“The love people have for me is overwhelming,” White said. “I’ll probably cry a lot at the concert.”

Imagine Dragons is on tour in Europe, but Reynolds will fly to Utah on his own for the acoustic concert, which is July 17 at the Sandy Amphitheater.

Musical artists Joshua James and Timmy and the Teeth will also be playing.

General admissions tickets for the benefit concert can be purchased at http://smithstix.com/events/item/root/dan-reynolds.

“It’s always a little more emotional playing for someone in need,” Reynolds said. “It also can be a very uplifting, happy experience and that’s what we try to focus on.”

Reynolds said he’s astounded by the support.

“Kim is an incredible human being and deserves to have all the help she can get in the world,” Reynolds said. “Cancer is such an awful disease, and it’s great to see all these people come together to help the family out.”

Megan Marsden Christensen writes for the Faith and Family sections. She recently graduated from BYU-Idaho with a bachelor's degree in communication.

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