Taylor Swift Connects With Cancer-Stricken Fan Over Lunch
Taylor Swift‘s weekend included a lunch date on Saturday (Jan. 19) with Kayla Kincannon, a 17-year-old fan who has been battling brain cancer for the last year.
The connection was made following an exhaustive effort on behalf of Kincannon’s friends and family to gain the attention of the young fan’s favorite country music superstar. After countless emails, tweets and Facebook messages, their efforts paid off when Kincannon flew to Tennessee to meet the ‘Fearless’ hitmaker for a leisurely lunch.
“Cannot believe I just had lunch @taylorswift13 today, I was enchanted to meet you! Lol” Kincannon tweeted following the once-in-a-lifetime encounter.
Naysayers thinking that Swift’s goodwill effort was merely a publicity stunt can think again. The young fan’s father, Brad Kincannon, took to his daughter’s official blog to praise the singer for genuine disposition.
“This was no quick meet and greet photo opp,” the doting dad gushed in a blog post. “We sat and talked to Taylor and her mom for two hours, had lunch and Kayla received a gift basket, then she signed pictures.”
Adding to his praise of Swift, Kincannon shares, “She is the sweetest, most down to earth person I have ever met! This was more than we ever expected! I’m so thankful to team Kayla, news, and everyone who made her dream come true! This was the best day ever for her and all of us!”
Swift has gained as much praise for her philanthropic ways as she has for her catalog of country hits. In fact, the big-hearted humanitarian recently donated 2,000 books to a hospital in the town where she grew up. Prior to that, she gave 14,000 books to the Nashville Public Library — those books were placed in circulation and gifted to low-income families.