Over the past three days, an internet rally centered around Twitter and Facebook has been waged in order to help THON child Lexi Bartlett meet her idol, Taylor Swift. According to the event page, which boasted nearly 3500 attendees as of Saturday night, “Lexi is 6 years old and has stage 4 Neuroblastoma cancer. She has been fighting this horrible disease since she was 3 years old,” and “she wants nothing more than to meet Taylor Swift.” Well, after Saturday night, perhaps that aspiration should be expressed in the past tense.
It was first nearly fulfilled at a recent concert in Newark, when Lexi summoned all her energy after being told that the singer would meet her, but, “record producers ended up not letting her back to see Taylor.” Of course, this being THON, Lexi, and her friends at Penn State, wouldn’t let one disappointment discourage them.
Instructions were posted that would help increase the campaign’s exposure, including tweeting: “@taylorswift13 A little girl named Lexi is making it to your concert tonight. She is very sick and would LOVE to meet you #loveforlexi.” As you can see, the hashtag made its way around the interwebs, with hundreds of messages directed towards the pop star.
Lexi lives near Taylor’s home town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania–in the southeast corner of the state–and Swift’s show in Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday night, where Lexi and her grandmother would be in attendance, proved the perfect opportunity for Swift to meet her young fan. THON may be a time when dreams come true, but last night proves that the magic extends past that one weekend a year.
At around 2:00 this afternoon, Penn State student Nikki Rafferty posted on the event page that she had “meet-and-greet” passes she wanted to give to Lexi for tonight’s show, and it appears as though they were put to good use. Multiple sources have confirmed that Lexi Bartlett’s wish of meeting Taylor Swift was indeed fulfilled at the concert.
We’ll keep you posted with any more news about Lexi’s once-in-a- lifetime opportunity as it comes in, but for now, we’ll leave you with the inspiring message we should all take from tonight: dreams can come true.
Devon Edwards contributed reporting to this story.