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A teenager who has been battling cancer has asked Taylor Swift to be his date to prom this week. Claire Henderson shares how this angelic American singer responded to him with something greater than he could possibly ever have dreamt of – an invitation to accompany her to the Academy of Country Music Awards.
Kevin McGuire was diagnosed with Leukemia when he was only 13. He battled it throughout high school, enduring chemotherapy and spinal taps. Eventually he beat the disease, but tragically had a relapse. However, throughout the course of this nightmare, he continued to play basketball and even joined his school’s Varsity football team. He became known as ‘the real life superman’.
When he heard that he had relapsed, he told his sister, Tori, that his greatest concern was that no one would want to go to prom with him because he would lose his hair. His sister challenged him and promised that she would get him his ‘perfect girl’ – whom he described to be Taylor Swift. Tori was true to her word and started a facebook campaign ‘Taylor Swift take KEVIN MCGUIRE TO PROM!’ to get the Grammy award-winning singer to go to prom with her brother.
She wrote on the facebook page that ‘Kevin is the kindest, most noble 18 year old a person could even fathom meeting, and throughout his ups and downs Kevin never even questioned “why me?” Nothing, and I mean NOTHING brightens Kevin’s day more than Taylor Swift. Kevin DESERVES more than anyone a special event in his life, and the one thing he wants is to GO TO PROM WITH TAYLOR SWIFT!’
The page went viral overnight and came to the attention of the star herself. Proving her angel credentials, Taylor replied on her own personal facebook page ‘Kevin, I’m so sorry but I won’t be able to make it to your prom. But I was wondering, the ACM Awards are coming up. Would you be my date? Love, Taylor .’
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Who could say no to such an offer? Of course he said yes. After getting over the shock, he responded in an interview that “I have cancer. Cancer doesn’t have me. Taylor, I would love to go with you.” (CBS 3)
The American Academy Awards are taking place on 1st April. Hopefully Kevin will be feeling well enough, and we’ll see him there with his (and our) favorite star on his arm.