Taylor Swift Meets A Teen With Down Syndrome Fighting Cancer
Someday, Taylor Swift might just achieve sainthood for all her do-good actions. Her latest one: Meeting up with Victoria Marsh, a teen with Down syndrome who is fighting cancer.
The story started last month. Local police where Victoria lives in Middletown, Delaware, had heard about her love for Swift (whom she dressed as for Halloween) and her desire to meet the singer.
Swift's music is on contant replay when Victoria is getting treament at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, as the video mentions. At 13, Victoria is just one of three people in the United States with both Down syndrome and osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer. Diagnosed in December 2014, she had the lower half of her left leg amputated in February.
The Dover Police Department wanted to buy her tickets to a Swift concert in Philadelphia, only Victoria couldn't go because of her chemo treatment—so she gave the tickets to her two older sisters. That's when the men in blue made a video, Victoria's Wish, sharing Victoria's story. In the YouTube description, they said they hoped that Swift would Facetime the teen or even meet up with her. It went viral. On Twitter, people shared Victoria's dream with the tag #SwiftAWish.
Last Friday, Victoria's doctors told her she could leave the hospital for a few hours, reports The News Journal. Swift's managers had caught wind of the video, and arranged to have Victoria driven to Lincoln Financial Field in Philly on Saturday to meet the singer backstage. As her mom, Karen, reports, Swift gave Victoria a big hug, snapped photos with the family, and signed her T-shirt and prosthetic leg.
Karen Walsh says the family expects Victoria to be done with treatment by October. If anything could help a girl shake off the trauma of chemo and cancer, it seems like this could.
Ellen Seidman is a mom of two, editor, and professional snacker who blogs daily at Love That Max. You can find her pondering special needs parenthood and other important topics (such as what her next snack will be) on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+ even though she still hasn't totally figured out what that is.
Image of Taylor Swift and family: @DoverDePolice/Twitter