PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

#LoveForLexi Pays Off as THON Child Meets Taylor Swift

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.

About the Author

Eric Weiss

Eric is the Visual Editor, and a Photographer for Onward State, originally from Pittsburgh, PA. He is currently a 5th year student in the B.Arch program at Penn State.

Likes: Apple Products, Canon Products, any music Pitchfork tells me to listen to.

Dislikes: conversations via Facebook wall-to-wall, #hashtagsthataremorethanthreewords

Comments

State College Links
More by Eric

Onward & Outward: Alan Seeger Natural Area & Greenwood Fire Tower

As the temperatures in Centre County start to drop, fall colors blanket the region’s mountains and valleys. To experience this seasonal change in full, however, you’ll need to venture out of the bubble of State College. In this edition of “Onward & Outward”, we take you to two hidden gems in Rothrock State Forest: the Alan Seeger Natural Area, and Greenwood Fire Tower.

Interactive Timeline: Jerry Sandusky Sex Abuse Scandal

Canning Map TEST

Athletics

Penn State Baseball Routes Lafayette 8-1 In Allentown

The Nittany Lions’ offense exploded for eight runs in a much needed victory over Lafayette.

Report: Penn State Investigating Swimming Coaches After Allegations Of Bullying

Penn State Women’s Lacrosse Loses To No. 1 Stony Brook 21-13

Tony Carr Signs With Octagon Basketball Agency

Penn State Baseball, Lion’s Pantry Join Forces To Help Fight Food Insecurity

Student Life

Country Rock Band Old Dominion To Visit BJC October 26

Death. Taxes. The Bryce Jordan Center booking country acts.

UPUA Finishes Spring Semester Strong

The Weird, Wacky, And Wonderful World Of Penn State Craigslist

Saquon Barkley Shows Some Skin On SI Cover

The NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 26, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Barkley is expected to be a top-five pick, and he and his most vehement supporters say there’s no reason he won’t go No. 1 overall.

Saquon Barkley’s College Career As Told By Five Games

Five games in particular give a clear glimpse of what Saquon Barkley meant to Penn State football.

To Our Favorite NFL Teams: Please Draft Saquon Barkley

Our staffers enjoyed rooting for Saquon Barkley so much that they can’t imagine not doing so in the NFL.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Never Count Yourself Out: Trevor Hayes’ Senior Column

This is the end of a wild journey with too many ups and downs to count.

Send this to a friend