Little Jalene Salinas, 4, is one of Taylor Swift’s biggest fans, and when the big-hearted pop star caught wind of the young girl’s final wish she was keen to oblige. Jalene, who suffers from an aggressive form of terminal brain cancer, dreamed of having a video dance party with the music superstar.
25-year-old Taylor chatted with Jalene for 20 minutes – though she was reportedly “in pain” and “didn’t talk much” save for saying bye and thank you to her hero – before the two danced to Taylor’s chart-topper “Shake It Off.”
KENS5 Eyewitness News, a San Antonio news channel were there when Jalene’s wish was granted.
Taylor told Jalene: “I’m so sorry you’re having a bad night. I’m so happy to talk to you though and I’m so happy you like Shake It Off.”
She added: “You look beautiful tonight, you really do. You’re just as pretty as your picture.”
Taylor became aware of Jalene’s wish thanks to her online fans, known as Swifties, who began a hashtag campaign called #ShakeItOffJalene.
The Blank Space singer got in touch with Jalene’s mother, Jennifer Arriagas, after returning from London where she won her first BRIT Award last Wednesday. She reportedly told Jennifer that it was “unfathomable to have to watch your baby go through this”.
Jennifer also thanked Taylor, and added: “We can check everything off and as her mom it means the world to me that she got to do and see [everything] and everything is checked off now. It means so much to me that you reached out to us.”
It’s not the first time Taylor has reached out to fans. In February Taylor reached out to a fan via cyberspace to offer heartfelt words of advice after the young girl admitted she had been dumped, while in January, she proved how much she values her fans as she sent one loyal supporter a generous package including a cheque for $1989 to help pay off her student loans.