Taylor Swift will have a very special date to the ACM Awards on April 1st, reports USA Today. Kevin McGuire, a teenager from New Jersey who is battling Leukemia, asked Taylor to be his date to his senior prom on June 1st, which also happens to be his 18th birthday. Taylor couldn’t make his prom but she invited him to be her date to the ACMs via her Facebook page instead.
“Kevin, I’m so sorry but I won’t be able to make it to your prom,” she wrote. “But I was wondering, the ACM Awards are coming up. Would you be my date? Love, Taylor.”
Kevin’s quest to have Taylor as his prom date started when his sister, Victoria, set up a Facebook page for him. She believed it would reach just her friends and maybe their friends, but within days, tens of thousands of people had liked the page and were tweeting in support of Kevin.
“Nothing, and I mean nothing, brightens Kevin’s day more than Taylor Swift,” she wrote on the page. “Kevin deserves more than anyone else a special event in his life and the one thing he wants is to go to prom with Taylor Swift!”
This is Kevin’s second battle with Leukemia. He was first diagnosed as a 13-year-old in January 2007 and believed he had beaten the illness in April 2010. His classmates at Sterling High School have rallied around him by selling T-shirts and sweatshirts with a Superman logo on the front, and the message, “Team Kevin. We support our Superman” on the back.
“Everyone here loves Kevin, and many of our students have known him for years,” Bill Scully, Kevin’s McGuire’s guidance counselor, said. “To see his dream come true would mean a lot to them.”
Kevin didn’t need to think twice about accepting Taylor’s invitation. “Obviously I said yes,” he said, calling the ACMs “a lot better than the senior prom.” Kevin is currently hospitalized however and acknowledged his illness may keep him from making the trip to Vegas saying “I’m sick and I’m not sure if I’m able to.”
“Thank you so so so so so much!” the page Kevin’s sister set up read after Taylor’s invitation. “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!”