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Share Dreams and Wishes with Kevin and Owen

Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery

As thoughts of Kevin McGuire and his second battle with leukemia raced through my mind today, I also thought of Taylor Swift and her incredible act of kindness in asking Kevin to attend the ACM Awards as her date. I am still awestruck by how fast word spread through Facebook, and I want to thank each one of you who took the time to like his page and pass on the request. I admit that I rarely watch TV, opting to dance every night instead, but I will be sure to have myself plunked in front of the television on April 1st so that I won’t miss a moment of “Kevin & Taylor” coverage!

Along with thoughts of Kevin today, I also thought about Owen McMasters. Owen and Kevin have something in common. They are both in need of the drug methotrexate for their treatments—the medicine shortage we have been so very concerned about.

Owen and his parents spoke with Sanjay Gupta on CNN about their concern over the shortage of methotrexate.

Owen has decided for his Make-A-Wish to wish that children will be able to receive the life-saving drugs that they need to live. What a heroic, loving, and generous wish! Yet, there is something very, very wrong when a child needs to use his Make-A-Wish so that children can get the medicine they need to live.

Shouldn’t this supply problem already be taken care of by responsible adults?

St. Baldrick’s gives us an update on the current shortages of drugs used to treat childhood cancer.

When we are speaking of a child’s life or death need for medicine, we must ask ourselves, who is responsible for making certain that each child who needs medicine will receive it?

Let’s all take responsibility; let’s make Owen’s wish come true.

“But how?” you ask.

Let’s make Owen’s wish come true the same way that everyone helped make Kevin’s dream date come true…

Please speak up and spread the word!

Owen McMasters



Taylor Swift’s Surprise Response to Kevin McGuire

Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery

There is no end to what we can accomplish when we work toward a goal from our hearts. What Kevin McGuire’s sister imagined would never happen, took a highly favorable turn toward the Even-More-Than-Anyone-Can-Imagine. Thanks to everyone who supported the Facebook Page that Victoria McGuire created for her eighteen year-old brother, Kevin will have something incredible to look forward to, as he battles leukemia again.

Four short days ago, I asked readers for help liking Kevin’s Page


Although the Facebook page asks Taylor Swift to go with Kevin to his prom, Taylor’s response one-upped the request when she found she was unavailable on Kevin’s prom night. Instead, she invited Kevin to be her date for the ACM Awards!

Taylor wrote this response to Kevin on her Facebook page:

 “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”.

The news story:

This news thrills me in so many ways. I find it thrilling to think that Kevin’s spirits will remain hopeful and positive through the worst of times in his treatment. It’s thrilling to know there is a young celebrity walking in our midst that has—first of all—responded to this heartfelt request, and–second of all– has responded with utmost kindness and compassion.  

Clearly, Taylor Swift’s talents go far beyond what we have enjoyed musically. Her physical beauty and musical talents have Earthly limits, but she has shown her heart has a beauty and grace that knows no bounds.

Taylor, I will always remember how you have shown Kevin the love inside you that is not of this Earth.

May many others follow your lead

Kevin is Going to the ACM Awards with Taylor Swift!

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