Taylor Swift Fan Dies Just Weeks After Talking To Her Idol

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12-year-old Taylor Swift superfan dies after inspirational battle with cancer.

Sad news—Emily Beazley, a 12-year-old Taylor Swift fan, has died after battling cancer, just three weeks after she got to speak to her idol on the phone. “My beautiful Emily got to use her angel wings,” her mother wrote on Facebook, according to NBC Chicago. “She fought hard to the end. Her last gift to me was passing peacefully.” “It hurts so much to imagine that I will never have another hug or kiss from my girl,” she said. “Or hear her say ‘Mommy’ the special way that she does. Jason Canner, pediatric oncologist at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn and one of several physicians who treated the 12-year-old Chicago girl during her four-year battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. “Even though she knew it was too late for her, she wanted people to continue to raise money for research. This hurts so damn bad.” Emily had battled non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma since she was 8 and had won the hearts of thousands of people online, who showed their support by tweeting #EmilyStrong.

She is survived by her parents, Ed and Nadia, a sister, Olivia, and thousands of supporters who make up Emily’s Entourage, a grass-roots group that began with family and friends and swelled into an international movement. Beazley’s supporters, known affectionately as “Emily’s Entourage,” won an effort to have the street her family lives on named in Emily Beazley’s honor. In addition to posting prayers and words of encouragement to the group’s Facebook page daily, members urged others to join in displaying Emily’s colors — purple and green. Canner, who is helping the family establish an Emily Beazley chapter with the Cure It Foundation, said the outpouring of support for Emily was “simply amazing.” Canner said only 4 percent of federal funding for cancer research goes to childhood cancer. “The timing of all this — how she was able to reach the public’s hearts, raise awareness and still live life was just incredible,” he said. “None of us have seen anything like this before.” Since April 20, when doctors stopped a last-ditch treatment that was not working and sent Emily home, supporters have kicked into high gear, helping the family send Emily to “prom.” They attended a ceremony at which Emily and Olivia were made honorary Chicago police officers and they filled Homan Avenue as a section of the street was renamed in her honor. The Sox won 4-3. “Her and the family and everything the community did for her was incredible,” he said. “She jammed a lot in in 12 years, especially the last three to four.

Perhaps most telling was the phone call she received from the Grammy Award-winning Taylor Swift, whom Emily had hoped to meet when the singer came to Chicago in July. Your heart breaks.” Friends and family appealed for a call from Swift via social media to call Emily, including a video with about 200 children singing and dancing to Swift songs. Children at Mount Greenwood Elementary School, where Emily was a student before she fell ill, spoke with grief counselors, some neighbors tried to take their minds off the sadness by keeping busy with yardwork, and signs on businesses in and near Chicago’s 19th Ward reflected the shared sense of loss. The electronic sign outside the American Legion post in Evergreen Park had a simple “RIP Emily Beazley.” The McDonald’s at 103rd and Kedzie had “Lovin Emily” on its sign.

During their chat, she told the singer her music helped her get through painful treatments and that her favorite song was “Shake It Off.” “You’ve got to stay strong and you’ve got to stay positive, no matter what happens,” she recently told a crowd outside Chicago police headquarters, when the department made her and her sister Olivia honorary police officers. “They definitely earned it with their loyalty towards each other,” he told reporters. “The best of partners, the best of friends. Swift, who was named DoSomething.org’s most charitable celebrity in 2012, 2013 and 2014, has fulfilled other young cancer patients’ wishes to meet and speak with her.

The ACE Hardware just south posted “We Will Miss U Emily.” Debbie Dansky, who lives in the neighborhood, was on a walk with her grand-niece Tuesday afternoon. The sixth-grade class is working on pictures and letters and cards “to work through their concerns and present to the family at a later date.” “She wanted things done right. And she wanted to become a nurse.” Kelly Devine Rickert, president of the South Suburban Dietetic Association, had organized a Run for the Pub fundraiser for Tuesday evening in Mount Greenwood. She was in a wheelchair on a stroll with her parents, he said. “We were getting ready to start planting because we’re doing everything in green and purple.

Over the next third of her life, she endured rounds of treatment, many times coming close to that coveted “all clear” mark before the cancer came creeping back. When she awoke from the transplant procedure, she asked that her bed be wheeled closer to that of her sleeping donor — her 8-year-old sister — so she could hold her hand while she slept. She once held her mother Nadia Beazley’s face and told her that if she were to die, she’d miss her mother most of all because she loved her most of all. But, after four years of publicly sharing their daughter’s story — both successes and setbacks — the family has requested privacy as they make final arrangements. “She is a wonderful child.

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