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Taylor Swift brings cancer survivor to ACM Awards

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Kevin McGuire
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One year after she pledged to bring teenage leukemia survivor Kevin McGuire to the ACM Awards, Taylor Swift has finally had a chance to make good on her promise. (Kevin couldn’t attend the 2012 ceremony due to a chemo-induced fever, though Swift did give him a heartfelt shout-out in her Entertainer of the Year acceptance speech.) McGuire and his family attended the show in Las Vegas yesterday, after enjoying a private pre-telecast meeting with Swift. No word on whether the singer and her “date” planned their complementary outfits, though.

McGuire first got Swift’s attention last winter, when his older sister Tori launched a Facebook campaign asking Taylor to take her brother to prom. The page went viral almost instantly, prompting a response from Swift herself after just a few days. Kevin, naturally, was thrilled. “She’s classy, sweet, and kind,” he told Philadelphia’s CBS affiliate — what’s more, his sister says that her upbeat music helped him fight his cancer.

And now that Kevin’s finally had his long-awaited date, he can use it as a launchpad to move forward with his life: “Going through what we’ve been through… it’s symbolic, in a way. It started my chapter with my cancer. Now it’s behind me; I can close the book on it,” he told CBS.

So to recap: Taylor Swift brings joy to an entire family, essentially cures cancer. Your move, Kate Upton!

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