This morning Taylor Swift is all over Twitter because of the Grammy Awards. However, I have a very different perspective as I consider her name. I think about her name and I have an image of a little girl in mind.

Every now and then a story that so obviously needs addressed comes across my desk. I'm embarrassed to say that I have put this one off because it is so heartbreaking I knew it couldn't be addressed without tears and it feels like putting it in writing makes it real. That makes me a complete coward when compared to what this little girl and her parents are going through.

Meet Korie Howard, a sweet and beautiful 10 year old girl who is now fighting for her life.

It started with an achy knee. When the doctors noted something odd on her x-ray, they began to investigate. It turns out that Korie was experiencing something far more devastating than growing pains. In the fall of 2012, Korie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, or cancer of the bone.

Since then Korie has gone through radiation, various chemo treatments, knee replacement...and let's just not beat around the bush here okay? When a mother has to make posts like "gave her some morphine this morning, hope that helps", you kind of get the picture. Are more details necessary? I say that as I glance at my son and think no...I don't want to know this...don't want to imagine it or think about it...

Finally, when Korie experienced shortness of breath, more tests were done and her parents were faced with a fresh new horror. The cancer had spread to her lungs. As of right now, Korie has months, maybe weeks to live. The community of Knox, IN rallies around her, supporting her with local events and t-shirt sales, but they can't give Korie what she wants most, and what she wants most is so typically pre-teen that it breaks your heart.

She wants to meet Taylor Swift. She doesn't want to go to Disneyland or anything extravagant. She simply wants to meet her favorite singer, Taylor Swift. Korie declares her favorite song to be "Safe and Sound", without knowing that those are the very words her parents want to apply to her.

Imagine being 10 years old, knowing that to wish for a day full of fun physical activities is beyond your grasp. Is asking to meet Taylor Swift really that much to ask?

Now the only question is, will Taylor Swift grant a dying girl's wish?

You can show your support by joining Korie Howard's Fan Club!! Fight Like a Girl Korie!! on Facebook, sending donations via the site set up for donations for Korie, and you can Tweet this blog or any other info or pleas to Taylor, that would be fabulous. She can't fulfill this wish if she doesn't know about it. Her Twitter handle is @taylorswift13. Let's make some noise!!!


  1. That was absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. She is such a beautiful little girl with the most branding smile. Her smile will light up your world and it breaks my heart that getting her the one thing she wishes for has been so difficult. I pray for a miracle not only that she gets to meet Taylor bur somehow restores all of our faith that miracles can happen and she pulls through this!

  1. Tweeted, Facebooked, and Googled....I hope it gets to her!

  1. This is absolutely beautiful. I really hope Taylor grants her wish. I know celebrities are busy but it would make Korie so happy! It is heartwarming that our community and surrounding communities have been so supportive. God Bless Everyone!

  1. What about MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION maybe they can help

  1. They have all ready used their 1 wish when she was first diagnosed.

  1. This little girl is so amazing and so strong and she has one wish is to meet Taylor swift. Our community is so awesome has came together and spread the word about this amazing Korie!! So please keep spreading the word to get it to Taylor Swift for Korie Howard !!

  1. It's such a heartbreaking story. If her courage and smile would rub off on everyone else, this world b a better place. My thoughts and prayers go out to this wonderful little girl and her family.

  1. I know this sweet little girl. God bless her and I hope her comes true.

  1. I love seeing all this support and I have to admit something on here that has been bugging me. I absolutely hate the title of this and have apologized to her mother for it being what it is. Unfortunately, it is titles like these that work :/

  1. What was the one wish when first diagnosed?


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