UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Actress/singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 'Dr. Suess' The Lorax' Los Angeles premiere at Universal Studios Hollywood on February 19, 2012 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
A South New Jersey teen battling Leukemia was hoping to make a dream come true by taking country music star Taylor Swift as his date to his June prom. Unfortunately, the pop singer won't be able to make it, so she's invited him to be her date to the Academy of Country Music awards show instead.
It all started when Kevin McGuire, a senior at Sterling High School in Somerdale, N.J., asked the mega superstar through his Facebook campaign to his prom on June 1, which happens to be the same day as his birthday. Tens of thousands of people have subscribed to his page offering support.
His sister, Victoria, who set up the page, hoped that Swift would see it and accept the invitation.
Swift, a Berks County native, did see it.
The music star, in response to Mcguire, took to her Facebook fan page on Friday and wrote "
It's ten times better than the prom. She's just a great, positive role model for today's society. You see all these other celebrities on the news about being in jail and drugs and that kinda stuff but Taylor is such a great girl."
The 18-year-old was first diagnosed with Leukemia at 13 and believed he beat the disease two years ago. But he recently learned the cancer had returned. He is being treated at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
The 47th Academy of Country Music Awards airs Sunday, April 1.
Kevin McGuire is pictured with his sister Victoria.
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