Salt Lake City — (KUTV) An 11-year-old girl’s love for Taylor Swift and battle with cancer captured the hearts of people around the world.
Now, it’s attracted the attention of the singer herself.
Naomi Oakes, 11, lives in Arizona but has family in Utah. Two weeks ago she learned that she has a form of Leukemia.
Heading to her first treatment, Naomi hoped to gain the attention of her favorite singer through social media. It worked — in a big way.
Choosing Swift’s hit “Bad Blood,” as her theme song for the fight for her life, and heartbroken to miss Swift’s August concert in the middle of her treatment, Naomi hoped to get Swift’s attention on social media and maybe get a mention on social media to help publicize her family’s fundraising efforts to pay for medical expenses during her upcoming 6-to-9 monthlong hospital stay.
Well, it worked.
“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.”
While Swift has not publicly confirmed the donation, the significant sum seems to eliminate the chance that it is a prank. The total amount came in three donations of $15,000 and one of $5,000.
Naomi’s uncle, Robert Percival, notified KUTV of the donation.
“I broke down and cried,” he said. “It’s just amazing that there’s somebody with her celebrity that would think about people and be able to donate. It’s just great.”
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The family’s efforts have now raised nearly $65,000 as of Tuesday evening. The initial goal was to raise $30,000.
“It’s a lot of money,” Percival said. “It’s going to mean a lot to that family.”
Swift, using the handle @Taylorswift13 on Twitter, has 60 million followers on the social media application.
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You can find Naomi’s GoFundMe page here.