.....Taylor Swift and Childhood Cancer Hospital Visits.....
Taylor Swift and Childhood Cancer
The New York Times
By Tara Parker-Pope
September 17, 2012 7:26 pm
By now you may have heard Taylor Swift’s heart-rending song "Ronan," about the too-short life of a little boy. Ms. Swift gave it an emotional performance on the Stand Up to Cancer telethon on Sept. 7, and it has been topping the charts ever since.
The real boy behind the song is Ronan Thompson, an impish 3-year-old from Phoenix with coppery blond hair and mesmerizing big blue eyes. In 2010, a few months after his third birthday, Ronan was given a diagnosis of neuroblastoma, an often deadly childhood cancer. He died on May 9, 2011, three days before he was to turn 4.
Ms. Swift learned about Ronan from a blog that his mother, Maya Thompson, began shortly after the diagnosis to keep family and friends informed. Ms. Thompson called the blog Rockstar Ronan, but she did not mince words about his illness, and her heartbreak was painfully evident in every update. Read more
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Country superstar Taylor Swift visited children Monday at Hasbro Children's Hospital, a spokeswoman said.
Jill Reuter said Swift made the decision Sunday night with her father who went to the hospital with her. She said Swift's representatives called Lifespan on Monday and asked to "keep it quiet." Reuter said Swift was at the hospital for five hours, which was one of the longest visits the hospital has ever had.
Shelby Huff got a special visitor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City ... Taylor Swift! Taylor was scheduled to be on the pediatric cancer floor for just 1 hour, but instead, she stayed for nearly 5 hours!
Shelby was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia in November 2012. She had a Bone Marrow Transplant October 31, 2013. In January 2014 she developed PTLD (Post Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disease) a form of Lymphoma and Von Willebrand Disease. She is currently at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC receiving a life saving Clinical Trial.
Taylors visit brightened the day for all the children here on the pediatric oncology floor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center!