Taylor Swift Fan Emily Beazley Dies After Four-Year Battle with Cancer
Emily Beazley died Monday just weeks after receiving a call from her idol
“My beautiful Emily got to use her angel wings,” her mother wrote on Facebook, NBC Chicago reports. “She fought hard to the end. Her last gift to me was passing peacefully.”
Throughout her four-year battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the Chicago native inspired her community with her strength and selflessness. “She was an amazing girl, very unselfish,” Dr. Jason Canner, one of her oncologists, told The Chicago Tribune. “Even though she knew it was too late for her, she wanted people to continue to raise money for research. She wanted to help find a cure.”
Beazley’s long battle and advocacy earned her thousands of social-media supporters who called themselves Emily’s Entourage. As her prognosis worsened, the group rallied to get Swift’s attention.
Last month, Beazley got her wish when the singer, 25, called to tell the young girl how much it meant to her to know that her music had helped Beazley through painful treatments.
After the call, Beazley’s mother, Nadia, told NBC Chicago, “The smile on my daughter [is one] I have not seen in a very, very long time.”
Early in April, Swift revealed that her mother had been diagnosed with cancer and urged fans to remind their own parents to get screened.