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Taylor Swift gives $50,000 to fan with cancer

By Tharadjyne Orisma
American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift performs during the 30th bi-annual Rock in Rio music festival at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 15, 2015. File Photo by James Atoa/UPI
1 of 3 | American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift performs during the 30th bi-annual Rock in Rio music festival at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 15, 2015. File Photo by James Atoa/UPI | License Photo

MESA, Ariz., July 8 (UPI) -- It's every fan girl's dream to see their favorite performer in action with their best friend by their side.

That's exactly what Naomi Oakes, 11, planned on doing this August. But her plans took a drastic change when she was diagnosed with Acute Myelogeous Leukemia on June 25 and subjected to a six- to- nine month stint in the hospital in order to receive treatment. The family detailed their story in a statement on their GoFundMe page for their daughter.

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"We are obviously scared and concerned for our girl," the statement read. "But she has been a trooper and is positive about getting better. We are so blessed to have the gospel in our lives as it gives us hope and faith in what is beyond this moment. I think she has a hard road to travel, we are honored to be with her for the difficult journey. We have deep faith in our Father in Heaven and we will seek his comfort and grace during this time."

Relentless in her spirit, the young Swift fan donned the singer's "Bad Blood" single as her anthem and is determined to "face the cancer head-on," E! News reports.

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In a video telling Naomi's story, her family detailed her love for Swift and encouraged other fans to help spread the video on social media in hopes of getting in touch with the singer herself.

Within two days, Swift was already on Oakes' GoFundMe page writing her a sweet note and donating $50,000.

The message read: "To the beautiful and brave Naomi, I'm sorry you have to miss it, but there will always be more concerts. Let's focus on getting you feeling better. I'm sending the biggest hugs to you and your family."

The family saw the note and the gift and recently posted a video showing Oakes starstruck reaction while in her hospital bed.

"I can barely breath," Oakes said with a grin on her face.

"I seriously think I'm going to pass out right now ," she continued, evoking laughter from the room.

"Taylor is amazing," Oakes' mom told ABC in Arizona. "We hope she sees our thank you video."

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