Taylor Swift invites New Jersey teen with cancer to be her date to an awards show after being unable to attend his prom

By April Chieffo,

Taylor Swift sure isn’t “Mean.”

The 22-year-old was invited to attend 18-year-old Kevin McGuire’s prom in New Jersey this coming June. McGuire, who is a football player at Sterling High School, is battling leukemia. The idea to ask Taylor to prom was all from his sister, Tori, who started a Facebook campaign.

Taylor Swift at Billboard's Sixth Annual Women in Music. (NYC)

"All throughout Kevin's treatment he kept his character intact, remained playing basketball, and even started varsity football as a freshman," she wrote on the Facebook page, according to MTV News. "Kevin is known throughout 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 throughout 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."

Taylor couldn’t make the prom, but she came up with something even better.

"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?"

Kevin didn’t hesitate to say yes.

"Obviously I said yes," he told USA Today, adding the award show date is better than going to prom.

"Thanks for reaching out to me," he added in his message to the "Ours" singer. "It means a lot to me and I can't wait to meet you."

The ACM Awards take place on April 1.



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