'She was so humble,' says teen after meeting Taylor Swift - New York News

'She was so humble,' says metro Detroit teen after meeting Taylor Swift

Posted: Updated:

By Amy Andrews
Fox 2 News

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WJBK) -- Kayla Kincannon was diagnosed with her first brain tumor at age 16 and her second at 17.  While this high school junior is fighting for her life, Monday she was on top of the world.

"It was by far the best day of my life," she said.

In the midst of a ferocious battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer, the smile on Kincannon's face doesn't waver.  Friends and family will tell you she's the sweetest and strongest girl they know.

"I'm not completely unafraid of this cancer.  I still have my fears and my days of doubt, but I'm living in spite of that fear and I'm living my life in spite of having this cancer," she said.

That's why they set out on a mission to make her wish come true.

Kincannon used to sing along to Taylor Swift for hours in the mirror when she was a little girl.  Now she listens to her to get through the dark times.

"To me fearless isn't the absence of fear, but living in spite of those things that scare you to death," she said.

Last week, Kincannon and her family traveled to Tennessee looking for treatment options, and what she got in return no medicine could match.  Swift's tour bus rolled up to their hotel in Memphis.

"We were in the hotel eating breakfast, and my dad's like, 'The bus is here.'  And I'm like, 'Oh my gosh, I'm about to go on Taylor's bus."

Kincannon and her family were then whisked away to Nashville for a two hour lunch with the superstar.

"She was so humble and so real and so down to earth and like she wasn't fancy and dressed up.  She was like in jeans," she said.

What makes this story even better is how the lunch date came about.

Late last year, Kincannon's classmates at Lamphere High School launched the social media campaign "Operation Get Kayla to Meet Taylor Swift".  After hundreds of tweets, emails and Facebook posts, their persistence paid off.

"I couldn't say enough words to express my gratitude for them, and other schools that don't like my school and people at my school don't like each other, but they came together," she said.

The meeting with Swift lasted only a few hours, but the memory from Kincannon's lunch date will stay in her heart forever.  So will the love and support from a community that refused to give up on making her dream become a reality.

"I just have to say a huge thank you to Taylor and to the students at my school because they made this happen," she said.

Kincannon is still under her doctor's care, but she is feeling well enough to return to school on Tuesday.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Homeowner interrupting burglary is fatally stabbed

    Homeowner interrupting burglary is fatally stabbed

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:35 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:35:46 GMT
    A 67-year-old homeowner was stabbed to death and his wife injured after they came upon a burglary at their Staten Island home.
    Police in New York City say an intruder stabbed a couple who interrupted a burglary at their home, killing the man and injuring his wife.
  • New MTA bus routes take effect

    New MTA bus routes take effect

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:09 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:09:54 GMT
    MTAMTA
    The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs. 
    The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs. 
  • Suspect, rookie officer both wounded in gunfire

    Suspect, rookie officer both wounded in gunfire

    Sunday, August 31 2014 10:11 PM EDT2014-09-01 02:11:38 GMT
    Authorities say an early morning gunfire exchange on a Brooklyn street has left the suspect hospitalized and a police officer with a graze wound.
    Authorities say an early morning gunfire exchange on a Brooklyn street has left the suspect hospitalized and a police officer with a graze wound.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • VP Joe Biden speaks in Detroit on Labor Day

    VP Joe Biden speaks in Detroit on Labor Day

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:18:46 GMT
    This is the second time vice president Joe Biden has been in Detroit on Labor Day in the past three years.
    This is the second time vice president Joe Biden has been in Detroit on Labor Day in the past three years.
  • RECALL: Kraft American Singles Cheese Slices

    RECALL: Kraft American Singles Cheese Slices

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:05 AM EDT2014-09-01 12:05:15 GMT
    Kraft voluntarily recalled 7,691 cases of its American Singles cheese product Friday because an ingredient was stored improperly by a supplier.
    Kraft voluntarily recalled 7,691 cases of its American Singles cheese product Friday because an ingredient was stored improperly by a supplier.
  • Minimum wage hike launches this Labor Day

    Minimum wage hike launches this Labor Day

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-09-01 11:30:54 GMT
    Minimum wage workers across metro Detroit and the rest of the state are getting a small raise this Labor Day.
    Minimum wage workers across metro Detroit and the rest of the state are getting a small raise this Labor Day.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices