The bad news: Taylor Swift won’t be taking Kevin McGuire to his prom.
The awesome news: She’s invited Kevin, an 18-year-old cancer patient, to be her date at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
The New Jersey high school student is battling cancer for a second time, and earlier this week his sister Victoria created a Facebook page titled, ‘Taylor Swift Take Kevin McGuire To Prom!’ in hopes of convincing the country singer to take her brother – a devoted Taylor fan – to the big dance. Although Kevin was excited about the idea, he doubted that anything would come of it – until Taylor took to her Facebook page on Friday and gave Kevin a response:
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? — Love, Taylor
“Obviously I said yes,” said Kevin, who’s currently being treated at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, adding that the country-music event on April 1 “is a lot better than the senior prom.”
The teen learned of Taylor’s answer only after he had checked his cell phone and noticed “everybody sent these messages saying to look on Facebook.” He had just awoken from a 90-minute bone-marrow procedure.
“I was shocked,” he said. “I can’t believe it actually happened.”
“I’ve never seen him smile like that,” Victoria said.
Kevin is continuing to receive treatment and he’s determined to win the battle against leukemia. “I had no doubt I would kick its butt the first time, and I did,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll be able to continue that this time…”
For more on the story, and to see Kevin’s response to Taylor’s message, watch the video below: