The Facebook page originally created to score 18-year-old Kevin McGuire a prom date with music superstar Taylor Swift wasn’t expected to go beyond a relatively small group of friends.
To McGuire’s surprise, “Taylor Swift Take Kevin McGuire to Prom!” generated more than 60,000 supporters within three days. With that kind of backing Swift couldn’t help but notice the New Jersey teen, who has been battling leukemia off and on since 2007.
Today Swift posted a response on her Facebook page that read: “Kevin, I’m so sorry but I won’t be able to make it to your prom. But I was wondering, the ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards are coming up. Would you be my date? Love, Taylor.”
While it’s no prom date, McGuire told USA Today that the country-music event “is a lot better than prom.”
He did not hesitate to accept the invitation to the awards, which will be held April 1 in Las Vegas.
But McGuire, who is being treated for a recent relapse at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, also told USA Today. “I am sick and I’m not sure if I’m able to.”
Much of the credit for the overwhelming support goes to his older sister, Victoria McGuire, who created the Facebook page earlier this week.
Victoria posted: “Nothing and I mean nothing brightens Kevin’s day more than Taylor Swift.” The page goes on to mention how Kevin has kept his character intact and has played high school basketball and football throughout his cancer treatment.
In response to Swift’s invitation she updated the page with a thank-you post, which reads: “The McGuire family could never show how grateful we are to all of you! We got Taylor to take Kevin on a date, and we have made so many good friends along the way!”