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Taylor Swift’s ‘Ronan’: Heartbreaking True Story Of Child’s Struggle With Cancer

Tue, September 11, 2012 7:13pm EDT by Billy Nilles 8 Comments
Taylor Swift Cancer Song
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Meet the brave little boy who inspired Taylor’s beautiful song at the recent ‘Stand Up 2 Cancer’ telethon — Ronan Thompson. Read on for details.

When Taylor Swift performed her new song “Ronan” at the Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon on Friday, Sept. 7, there wasn’t a dry in the house. Learning the story behind the song — the heartbreaking struggle of little Ronan Thompson — might be draw tears, as well.

Taylor’s song was based on the blog postings of Maya Thompson, 33, who began writing in August 2010 when little Ronan was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. The lyrics are completely from Maya’s blog entries, written during the nine months that Ronan fought the illness before passing away in May 2011, just three days before his fourth birthday.

Maya wrote about the experience with Taylor on her blog, Rockstar Ronan: “‘My calmness soon turned to complete and utter frozen shock when these words came out of her mouth. ‘I wrote a song for Ronan.’ ‘The tears started pouring down my cheeks as soon as I heard her say those words. But her words didn’t stop there. Not only did she write a song for you, but she wanted to know if it would be alright to perform it on the nationally televised show.”

Maya didn’t get to hear Taylor’s song until the world heard it, live on television. In her blog, she wrote, “It was pretty emotional,” adding that hearing her own words come to life was “kind of like reliving it again, but it’s something I’ll probably always relive.”

“Ronan” shot to number one on iTunes after Taylor performed. All proceeds from the song are going to cancer-related charities.

Did Taylor’s song for Ronan make you cry, HollywoodLifers?

— Billy Nilles

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