Young Taylor Swift Fan Gets to Meet Her Idol Before Losing Hearing
The 12-year-old's twin sister and a Sydney, Australia radio station launched an online campaign to make the meeting possible.
When 12-year-old Jorja Hope was diagnosed with a condition that causes "progressive, inner-ear hearing loss" and will eventually cause her to go deaf, the first thing the young music fan said was "I won't be able to hear Taylor Swift sing.”
With the help of her twin sister, Chloe, and Sydney radio station Nova 96.9, Jorja not only got the chance see her idol perform live in concert — but she also got to meet her, Australian newspaper the Maitland Mercury reports.
Chloe, who wanted to do something special for Jorja, started a Facebook group and #HelpJorjaMeetTaylorSwiftSydney, an online campaign that was noticed by the radio station. The station helped make a meeting between Jorja and the "Wildest Dreams" singer happen.
Jorja attended Swift’s concert at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday, Nov. 28.
"Things like this happen to other people, not to people like us," Jorja’s mother, Melissa, told Australia’s Today show, according to Us Weekly. "It’s been a fairy tale."
"Jorja has battled her whole life from being born preemie with growth problems, to surgeries on her ears already and five surgeries for broken bones. She is a fighter. No matter what happens, she smiles and keeps going," she continued.
"She was very, very amazing and very pretty," Jorja said after meeting Swift. "I didn't expect her to be as tall as she was."
Her review of the show: "It was very, very fun. We danced all night.’
This article was originally published on Billboard.com.