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Kevin McGuire Goes to ACMs, Family Credits Taylor Swift for His Health

Taylor Swift and Kevin McGuire

Sometimes the best things in life take the longest, and in the case of Kevin McGuire, it took one full year of waiting. After missing out on being Taylor Swift‘s date to last year’s ACM Awards, the 19-year-old — who has survived a difficult battle with leukemia — suited up and went to the 2013 ACMs with the star.

The songstress and McGuire were finally able to meet face-to-face after the heartwarming story in which he asked the ’22’ hitmaker to prom last year. She countered with a sweet invitation to the 2012 ACMs, which he sadly wasn’t able to attend due to another hospital stay.

After a successful bone marrow transplant from his younger brother, McGuire and his entire family were able to attend this year’s ACMs, and meet the lovely Swift in person.

They received the VIP treatment, according to Daily Mail, and were picked up from their home in a white limo, flown out to Vegas and hung out with the songstress in her hotel room before she got ready for the show.

McGuire gushed about Swift’s beauty via Twitter, saying, “If you guys think she’s pretty in pictures, I can’t tell you how stunning she is in real life.” The thrill of meeting Swift will truly be a night for him to remember, as Kevin tells CBS Philly, “I think Taylor is one of those people who you don’t really see that often. Classy, sweet and kind.”

His sister Tori adds, ”She’s a big part of the reason Kevin survived, too, because she just lifted his spirits so much. It’s kind of like the big finale to this awful dream that we’ve had.” That’s a high compliment to Swift, who has truly helped this 19-year-old hero ‘Begin Again’ after beating cancer.

Now, McGuire is ready to move on with his life, saying, “Going through what we’ve been through … it’s symbolic, in a way. It started my chapter with my cancer. Now it’s behind me; I can close the book on it.” Sounds like the end of that chapter was pretty ‘enchanted,’ and McGuire is the picture of good health, with a job at Applebee’s and plans to attend college this fall.

Next: See 10 Things You Never Knew About Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift, Kevin McGuire
Taylor Swift, Kevin McGuire

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