Taylor Swift continues to bring joy to fans far and wide, most recently making a young fan’s dreams come true with a $50,000 donation. The surprise funds were sent to an 11-year-old girl whose Leukaemia has left her bedridden for months after she had planned to attend Taylor’s show.
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Naomi Oakes lists Taylor as her favourite singer and was planning to see her in concert with her best friend in August. However after learning that her recent cancer diagnosis means Naomi will be unable to attend the show, her family made a video telling the young girl’s story and sharing her love for Taylor.
Explaining that Naomi had chosen Taylor’s single Bad Blood as her "fight song", the family pleaded for fellow Taylor fans to spread the word on social media – and it worked.
Just two days after posting the video – which has since been viewed almost 20,000 times – Taylor generously donated $50,000 to the youngster’s fundraising page which has been set up to help cover her medical expenses.
“To the beautiful and brave Naomi, I’m sorry you have to miss it, but there will always be more concerts,” Taylor wrote. “Let’s focus on getting you better. I’m sending the biggest hugs to you and your family.”
Naomi’s overwhelmed family shared another video of her reaction to the news on Tuesday, where she exclaimed: “I can barely breathe. I seriously think I’m going to pass out right now.”
No doubt Naomi’s cancer battle struck close to home for Taylor, who revealed that her mother had been diagnosed with cancer in April. The Shake it Off singer did not reveal details of her mum’s condition, but urged fans and their families to pay attention to their health in the hope of getting an early diagnosis.
Taylor is well known for her generosity, and regularly sends gifts and money to fans who reach out to her online. In June Taylor invited one superfan bride backstage at her show following one of her concerts, while she also granted the wish of terminally ill youngster Jalene Salinas in March by calling her for a video dance party.
The charitable singer also sent one loyal supporter a generous package including a cheque for $1,989 to help pay off her student loans.