A few weeks ago, 11 year-old Naomi Oakes received some deeply upsetting news, something no one so young should have to cope with—a leukemia diagnosis. And if that weren't awful enough, Oakes learned that her illness would prevent her from attending the Taylor Swift concert she'd had her heart set on. That's the sort of thing that can shatter a child's morale.
So the self-described “Swiftie” sent out a message to her beloved pop star, a “Bat signal” of sorts. Oakes' father uploaded a YouTube video describing the girl's love of “Bad Blood,” a Taylor Swift song that she's chosen to be her “cancer fight” anthem.
The Oakes family hoped that Swift—well known for her attention to her fans—would see the call and help spread the #TeamNaomi hashtag to her social media fans, thereby drumming up some publicity for the GoFundMe campaign they set up to help finance the young girl's medical expenses.
But Swift took it one step forward. One fine day, the Oakes family noticed a donation of $50,000 to their GoFundMe account, under the name “Taylor Swift.”
It was accompanied by the following message:
"To the beautiful and brave Naomi, I'm sorry you have to miss it, but there will always be more concerts. Let's focus on getting you feeling better. I'm sending the biggest hugs to you and your family."
The Oakeses had hoped to raise $30,000, which they believed would be enough to help them pull through this immense tragedy. Now they have twice their asked-for amount, along with well wishes from their little girl's favorite person.
It's the best possible use of fame and fortune: making a sick child's day.
Here's wishing Naomi the speediest of recoveries!
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