Let's just go ahead and admit it: Taylor Swift rocks.

Yep, we see you, Tay Tay. Photo by Carrie Davenport/Getty Images for TAS.


Studying her career can make you feel really unaccomplished. She's exceedingly talented, was one of the youngest songwriters ever to sign with a major record label, and is one of the most powerful women in entertainment. All before the age of 26.

And one of the things her fans love most about her is the way she continues to wield her influence, power, and wealth for good.

During one of her acts of good-deed-doing, Swift made a monumental difference in the life of a young fan with leukemia.

On July 5 of last year, the family of an 11-year-old girl named Naomi Oakes posted a short video to YouTube. In it, they told the story of their daughter, a huge fan of Swift's, who was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia.

World's biggest T-Sweezy fan. Photo from Brandon Adams/GoFundMe.

Cancer is a bummer at any age, but for Naomi, it wasn't the cancer that had her down. It was the fact that her treatment meant she'd have to miss Taylor's concert in Phoenix.

Naomi, who might have a future as a lyricist herself, even picked Taylor's song, "Bad Blood," as her official cancer fight song. As in, you know, let's get rid of the bad cancer-causing blood.

Naomi and her family were hoping for a response from Taylor. But let's be honest, the odds were stacked against them.

Taylor Swift has over 60 million Twitter followers, plus more than 36 million on Instagram. It was pretty unlikely that Taylor would ever see Naomi's video.

But Taylor did see it.

And she responded.

And Naomi's reaction was just, like...

GIF via Brandon C Adams/YouTube.

Taylor clicked over to Naomi's GoFundMe page and pledged a whopping $50,000 to help with the costs of her treatment.

#TeamNaomi #NuketheLeuk 💛
A photo posted by @_team.naomioakes_ on

Naomi was pretty pumped to get a response from her idol.

The Oakes family set up the page to cover the extraordinary financial burden of Naomi's six- to nine-month treatment regimen. Their initial goal was to raise $30,000.

Along with her donation, Taylor left this message:

"To the beautiful and brave Naomi. I'm sorry you have to miss it, but there will always be more concerts. Let's focus on getting you feeling better. I'm sending the biggest hugs to you and your family."

Swift has been on a roll.

First, she laid the smackdown on Apple after they decided not to pay musicians during the launch of the new Apple Music platform. Then, she somehow found time to give some clutch fashion advice, and the ultimate prom icebreaker, to a young male fan on Tumblr.

And she's doing what she can to help a fan in need only a few months after her own mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

It's awesome to see someone with gobs of fame and money who hasn't lost sight of what really matters.

Check out the heartwarming video below of Naomi when she first reads Taylor's message. It'll make you feel even better than listening to "22" on repeat.

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