Pop star Taylor Swift has paid an emotional tribute to her “brave” fan Maya Thompson for teaching her about cancer.
The 25-year-old Taylor Swift, who revealed her mother, Andrea, was diagnosed with the disease in April, brought concert-goers in Glendale, Arizona to tears after she thanked Thompson for sharing her story online about her late three-year-old son, Ronan, who died from neuroblastoma in 2011, reported Female First.
She also expressed gratitude towards Thompson for inspiring her to write the track “Ronan”, which was inspired by her son.
Before singing the song for the second time ever and dedicating it to Thomspon, the blonde beauty told the crowd, “I think that in my opinion, one of the greatest things that a human being can ever do, is to go through something unbearable and then share their experience with the world. And I think, the braver you are, the more completely honest you are.
“There’s a woman here tonight named Maya Thompson… and I wouldn’t know half as much as I know about childhood cancer and childhood cancer research if she hadn’t shared her story about her son Ronan. The thing about childhood cancer is that it’s really really hard to talk about.”
Swift also met Thomspon after the gig and she later thanked the “Style” hitmaker on Twitter.
“I still can’t believe tonight. I still can’t believe you did this. This will forever be one of the most special moments of my life. Thank you @taylorswift for your beautiful heart and for never forgetting my Ro. I love you to the moon and back.”