Taylor Swift Asks Teen Battling Cancer To Be Her ACMs Date

Fri, February 24, 2012 9:25pm EST by 9 Comments
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Kevin McGuire’s one wish was to take Taylor Swift to his prom. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to make it that day…but she did ask him out on another date!

This story is quite the tearjerker and makes us adore Taylor Swift more (if that was even possible). The 21-year-old singing sensation learned about Kevin McGuire — an 18-year-old boy with Leukemia, who dreamed of taking her to prom — and offered him the date of a lifetime.

“Kevin, I’m so sorry but I won’t be able to make it to your prom,” Taylor wrote on Facebook Feb. 24. “But I was wondering, the ACM Awards are coming up.. Would you be my date? Love, Taylor”

When Kevin, a varsity football player at Sterling High School in Somerdale, N.J., heard the news he could barely speak.

“I don’t know what else to say,” he told the local news. “I was just trying not to throw up.”

Pending he’s healthy enough, Kevin will attend the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards with Taylor in Las Vegas April 1.

“I have cancer. Cancer doesn’t have me.” he responded. “Taylor, I would love to go with you.”

The campaign “Taylor Swift TAKE KEVIN MCGUIRE TO PROM” was started by Kevin’s sister, Victoria, after his cancer came back recently and he was concerned about getting a date with no hair. Here was Victoria’s plea to Taylor:

“My little brother- Kevin McGuire- was first diagnosed with Leukemia ALL when he was 13 years old and was in the seventh grade. He fought the battle of his life.. undergoing years of chemo, digesting over 35 pills a night, hundreds of spinal taps, and numerous bone marrow screenings.. and ultimately won his battle with cancer on April 24, 2010. All through out Kevin’s treatment he kept his character in tact, remained playing basketball, and even started varsity football as a freshman. Kevin is known through out the community as the High school’s “real life SUPER MAN!” Tragically, Kevin had a relapse, and is now fighting cancer for the second time. Kevin is the kindest, most noble 18 year old a person could even fathom meeting, and through out 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! Let’s make this happen people! TAYLOR PLEASE GO TO PROM WITH KEVIN!!!!!! NO ONE DESERVES IT MORE! PS PROM JUST SO HAPPENS TO FALL ON HIS BIRTHDAY!”

Our hearts go out to Kevin and his family during this hard time, but we hope they all have smiles on their faces knowing he’s going to one of the biggest award shows of the year with his favorite celebrity of all time!

Cancer Patient Gets Date With Taylor Swift: MyFoxPHILLY.com