“I don’t know what else to say. I was just trying not to throw up.”
One Sister’s Post of Faith
Siblings look out for each other, so when Victoria McGuire sees her brother Kevin struggle with his big day looming, she swings into action.
Then the improbable alert notice pops up on the screen. When they see the response, the hospital room erupts with cheers and clapping.
“I don’t know what else to say,” said a stunned Kevin. “I was just trying not to throw up.”
18-year-old Kevin McGuire is at New Jersey’s Children’s Hospital undergoing cancer treatment. With prom day inching closer — which happens to fall on his birthday — he’s worried that hair loss from the treatment will keep him from landing a prom date.
When he shares this with Victoria, they decide to send a star-studded promposal.
A Pop Promposal
The title of Victoria’s post says it all: ‘Taylor Swift Please Take Kevin McGuire To The Prom.’ Sadly, the megastar declined, but she did have a question of her own.
“Kevin, I’m so sorry but I won’t be able to make it to your prom. But I was wondering, the ACM Awards are coming up.. Would you be my date? Love, Taylor.”
Good thing that Kevin had a nurse on standby, as that would knock any teen over. An ecstatic Kevin replied, “I have cancer. Cancer doesn’t have me. Taylor, I would love to go with you.”
And with that, Kevin went from dateless to famous. However, fame has its challenges and for Kevin, it’s called cancer. After an unsuccessful bone marrow transplant from his younger brother, Kevin was too sick to leave the hospital. This time, he would be the one who would have to bow out.
Yet just when it looked like the magic moment was lost, he receives a phone call that changes everything.
A Red Carpet Evening
Fast forward a year. Kevin picks up the phone, and it’s from the Academy of Country Music Awards, inviting him and his family out to the event’s festivities.
And with that, the McGuires are scooped up in a lavish white limousine and driven out to Las Vegas, Nevada for a night to remember.
Pulling up to the hotel, they are ushered to the 12-time Grammy winner’s room, where she is getting ready for the show as a nominee and performer. The night’s a success, as they all hang out in the hotel room, talk and snap pictures.
A starstruck Kevin gushed via Twitter: ‘If you guys think she’s pretty in pictures, I can’t tell you how stunning she is in real life.’
So much for worrying about being dateless.
How Taylor Swift Reminds Us That an Ounce of Hope Is Worth a Pound of Cure
“Going through what we’ve been through … it’s symbolic, in a way. It started my chapter with my cancer. Now it’s behind me; I can close the book on it.”
With a clean bill of health and star-studded self esteem, you can bet that the sky’s the limit for his life story’s next chapters.
Kevin’s story is proof that while we might feel down and out, it just takes a ray of hope to let the light shine in.