The 4-year-old girl hopes to get a chance to rock out with the singer

By Alexandra Zaslow
February 28, 2015 05:45 PM

When Jalene Salinas was diagnosed with a tumor, she made it her mission, with the help of family, to cross off everything on her bucket list.

Jalene first went to the hospital in April 2014 after complaining about headaches, but the doctor sent her home with Tylenol, according to USA Today. As the headaches worsened, her mom, Jennifer Arriaga, took her to Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, where she was diagnosed with a PNET tumor.

“There’s nothing else they can do for her,” Arriaga told the paper. “They told us anything that you want to do with her now or she wants to do, go ahead and do it.”

She’s already made a snowman, seen sand for the first time, experienced school and had a spa party with her sister. One of the only things she has left on her list is to dance to “Shake It Off” with Taylor Swift. Even Taye Diggs has gotten in on her plan!

The singer sent Jalene a package filled with memorabilia and a signed poster, but the family hopes to get Swift on Skype too.

The family’s community in Texas has been tweeting using the hashtag #ShakeItOffJalene and tagging Swift to help grant Jalene’s wish.

Arriaga has been taking to Facebook to share updates with friends and family on Jalene’s progress.

She said that every now and then Jalene asks, “Mom, do I get to dance with Taylor today?”

No matter what happens, Arriaga just wants to enjoy the time she has left with her daughter.

“Let’s just be happy, let’s smile with her,” Arriaga said. “And when the time comes when whatever happens, we’ll have our time to mourn and to be sad, but right now let’s just enjoy her.”

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