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Last year, we shared with you Kevin McGuire’s story (here) of courage and strength. At the time, he was a high school senior and football player fighting his second battle with Leukemia.
Kevin wanted one thing… for Taylor Swift to be his prom date. To make sure this became a reality, Kevin’s sister set up a Facebook page to get the word out. Through the magic of social media, Taylor became aware of Kevin’s prom invitation and sent him a response.
Unfortunately, Taylor was unable to attend Kevin’s prom, but she one-upped the offer. She asked him to be her date to the 2012 ACM Awards. Of course, Kevin gladly accepted.
Sadly, Kevin ended up back in the hospital and could not attend the ACM’s with Taylor last year. When Taylor accepted her award for Entertainer of the Year, she made sure to give a shout-out to Kevin and promised to make it up to him.
Well, Taylor made good on her promise. Kevin was her date for the ACM awards last night! Taylor flew him and his whole family to Las Vegas, and spent time with them during the weekend. And the best news of all, Kevin is now a cancer survivor!
To quote Oprah, it’s a full circle moment. We are so happy to hear that Kevin is doing so well, and we are very glad that he was able to get his date with Taylor. Kudos to Taylor for keeping a very special promise!
Pictures courtesy of Kevin’s Facebook page:
Taylor Swift fans have spoken again!
Taylor took home the trophy for ACM ‘Entertainer of the Year’ for the second year in a row!
During her acceptance speech, she gave a beautiful mention to Kevin McGuire. Kevin is the high school senior who was supposed to be Taylor’s date for the ACM Awards last night. (You can read the story here.) We were terribly sad to hear that Kevin was admitted to the hospital again, and could not make the awards. Taylor promised to give him a shout out and to make it up to him. We want to let Kevin know that we are thinking of him and he is in our prayers.
Taylor posted this video to her Facebook page shortly after winning to say thank-you to her fans! I cannot say enough good things about Taylor Swift. We know she is talented, but she just continues to impress with her class and kindness. She has my continued support.
Continue reading to watch the video…
We have always known that Taylor Swift is one of the sweetest girls in the music business, but then you hear a story like this and it just makes you love her even more.
Kevin McGuire is an 18-year-old high school senior fighting his second battle with Leukemia. He is currently receiving treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Kevin wanted one thing for his senior prom… for Taylor Swift to be his date. In an effort to make that happen, Kevin’s sister, Victoria, created a Facebook page to get the word out to Taylor. Thousands upon thousands of people joined the campaign. As it turns out, it was a success.
Taylor did receive the message and responded to Kevin last week via her official Facebook page. But she one-upped the invitation:
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?
Needless to say, Kevin accepted the invite.
Victoria was the one who started it all to make this dream come true for her brother. She had this to share on the campaign’s page:
Taylor got back to us!!!! She is unable to attend Kevin’s prom, although did one better- Invited Kevin to be her date to the Academy of Country Music Awards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so so so so so much! The McGuire family could never show how grateful we are to all of you! We have won in more than one way.. we got Taylor to take Kevin on a date, and we have made so many good friends along the way!
This is when the power of social media is truly priceless. We are so happy that Kevin gets to have a night of fun away from his daily battle. We wish the best to Kevin and his family, health and continued strength, and we hope that Kevin has the most amazing time with Taylor at the ACM Awards!