A Dream Unfolds
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital cancer patient Trinity recently
got the surprise of her life from her favorite music artist.
It all started with an album party...
Trinity, a teenager battling bone cancer at East Tennessee Children’s
Hospital, has been in treatment since the beginning of the year.
In August, Trinity celebrated the release of Taylor Swift’s 7th studio album, Lover, by decorating her hospital room with lyrics and posters.
Children’s Hospital nurses and Child Life specialists joined the
party in Trinity’s room by painting their faces and dancing in the hallways.
Taylor Swift fans across the U.S. were celebrating the album’s release
by posting pictures on social media and tagging Swift. Trinity did the
same, and local news outlets also shared her story. Trinity’s Taylor
Swift party got so much coverage that she felt like a celebrity herself,
but she never imagined what would happen next.
On the morning of September 5th, Trinity woke to discover someone had donated $10,000 to her personal
fundraising page (which her family created to help offset the cost of
staying in the hospital for almost a year during Trinity’s treatment).
The donor left a message:
Donation message from Taylor Swift
“Trinity, I saw photos of your album release party that you did in
your hospital room and wanted to say thank you for being so kind and supportive!
I hope I can give you a hug in person soon, but in the meantime [sic]
I wanted to send you this and all my love. Your friend, Taylor.”
That's right, Taylor Swift.
"If Taylor comes to see me, I don't know what I'll do,"
The pop singer is a role model for Trinity who said it's her kindness
that makes a difference. When Trinity gets older, she wants to be a nurse
just like the ones who made a difference for her.
Trinity continues to fight her cancer, and she is expected to complete
her treatments this fall.