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Taylor Swift Taking Ailing Teen to ACM Awards

18-year-old with leukemia asked country star to his prom

Taylor Swift with her fans at the 46th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards.
Christopher Polk/ACMA2011/Getty Images for ACM
February 28, 2012 8:40 AM ET

Taylor Swift will be taking a fan with leukemia as her date to the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 1st in Las Vegas.

Kevin McGuire, an 18-year-old from Somerdale, New Jersey, had started a Facebook campaign with his sister to get the country pop star to be his prom date. After this caught Swift's attention, she wrote to tell him that she couldn't make his prom, but she invited him to accompany her to the awards show, where she is up for three honors.

Swift is following the lead of Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, who accepted similar requests for dates last year from military cadets. In a post on her blog in November, Timberlake said that attending the Marine Corps Ball on his date with Corporal Kelsey De Santis changed his life.

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