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Taylor Swift invites boy with leukemia to ACM Awards

Feb. 27, 2012 at 1:02 PM ET

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In this Feb. 19, 2012 photo, Taylor Swift arrives at the premiere of the animated feature film "The Lorax" in Universal City, Calif. Taylor Swift has a date for the Academy of Country Music awards. The country star asked a fan, Kevin McGuire of Somerdale, N.J., to the awards show. McGuire is 18 and has leukemia (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

Taylor Swift knows from "Mean." And it turns out she's also pretty familiar with being absolutely lovely.

The country-pop superstar regretfully had to turn down an invitation to attend a prom in New Jersey with 18-year-old Kevin McGuire, who's battling leukemia.

But Swift came up with one heck of an alternative!

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"Kevin, I'm so sorry but I won't be able to make it to your prom," Swift wrote on Facebook today. "But I was wondering, the ACM Awards are coming up. Would you be my date? Love, Taylor"

 Well, shoot!

What were the chances that, assuming McGuire is able to go, he would turn that down?!

"I don't know what else to say," he said, per Philadelphia's CBS 3. "I was just trying not to throw up!"

"I have cancer. Cancer doesn't have me," he added. "Taylor, I would love to go with you."

The idea of getting Taylor to go to the Sterling High School prom in Somerdale, N.J., originated with McGuire's big sister, Tori. Knowing that her brother's spirits needed lifting, Tori started the Facebook page "Taylor Swift take KEVIN MCGUIRE TO PROM! "

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"Kevin is the kindest, most noble 18-year-old a person could even fathom meeting," Tori wrote, "and throughout his ups and downs Kevin never even questioned 'why me?' Nothing, and I mean NOTHING brightens Kevin's day more than Taylor Swift."

McGuire, a varsity football player, was first diagnosed with leukemia when he was 13 and had been in remission since 2010 but recently suffered a relapse.

He is currently undergoing treatment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia--and it's an interview he gave to Philly's Fox 29 about Tori's efforts that really helped get the ball rolling on Twitter and Facebook. Swift ended up hearing the news while in Australia promoting her latest film, The Lorax.

While 93,840 people have liked the idea of Swift going to the prom in June, 71,417 already adore the idea of McGuire going to the Academy of Country Music Awards with her on April 1.

And we have a feeling the number of likes will skyrocket.

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