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

Tue, September 11, 2012 7:13pm EST by 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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kelsey martin

Posted at 7:08 PM on August 31, 2013  

ronan changed my life

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Brian Ybanez (Philippines)

Posted at 4:25 AM on April 9, 2013  

ronan’s battle against cancer was over, and he won,thanks to Tay. ;).

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Mary smith

Posted at 8:36 PM on October 25, 2012  

This is truly a beautiful song for the most beautiful little boy I have ever seen. Thanks Taylor for sharing this with us and for caring. I will definitely be sending my support to his foundation. Thanks to his mom for sharing him with us..

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Sami again

Posted at 5:53 AM on October 10, 2012  

Oh I just realized… When I said this song I was referring to Taylor Swifts song Ronan, just in case that came across wrong. Just yeah…

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Posted at 9:16 PM on September 16, 2012  

I don’t know the song but i’m sure it was a good one………..may you rest in peace Ronan…!!!!!!!!

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Posted at 10:44 PM on September 11, 2012  

Anyone who doesn’t feel the love and loss so purely channeled by someone who is looking more and more like a gift of God in her selfless and egoless deeds from the pinnacle of fame and fortune is poorer for it. In one short song Taylor opened a million hearts and children will live because of it. This is what celebrity can do when it is from love and true citizenship. I’m grateful to live in the age of Taylor.

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Posted at 10:27 AM on September 12, 2012  

Nicely said Bruce.

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Vonda Spencer

Posted at 8:24 PM on September 11, 2012  

Many thanks to Taylor Swift for putting her talent to work to stop additional suffering and loss of the world’s most precious possessions, a child. Many will benefit through your kindness when the battle with cancer is won! Thank you.

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