Swift Extends ACM Invitation to Teen Battling Cancer

It looks like Taylor Swift won’t be single at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards. The ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee has a date: 18-year-old Kevin McGuire. According to a Facebook event page, “Taylor Swift Take Kevin McGuire To Prom!” created by McGuire’s sister Victoria, the New Jersey teen was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 13. McGuire beat the illness in April 2010 but recently relapsed, prompting Victoria to start petitioning Swift to take Kevin to prom.

Upon seeing the petition, Swift intervened. While she regretfully told the teen that she would be unable to attend his upcoming prom, she said she would do him one better. “The ACM Awards are coming up.. Would you be my date?” she countered.

“Taylor, I would l love to go with you. Thank you!” McGuire said on Philadelphia’s CBS 3.

“Thank you so so so so so much!” McGuire’s sister recently posted to Facebook. “The McGuire family could never show how grateful we are to all of you! We have won in more than one way.. we got Taylor to take Kevin on a date, and we have made so many good friends along the way!”

The 47th annual ACM Awards air Apr. 1 on CBS. Swift is nominated for Female Vocalist, Video of the Year (“Mean”), and Entertainer of the Year.

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