Delaney Sees Taylor Swift

October 26, 2015

Stories of hope and inspiration are all around us. Delaney was only two years old when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She fought with her family by her side until she was finally pronounced to be cancer free. Now a happy four-year old, Delaney continues to be monitored but otherwise enjoys being a “normal” kid. Part of her recovery included a concert with Taylor Swift this summer, where she and her family celebrated life, music and hope for the future.

Her family shared a bit about their journey:

“Our daughter Delaney was diagnosed at the age of 27 months with a cancerous brain tumor, medulloblastoma. At that moment our hearts sank… Delaney was put through one of the hardest battles we had ever faced. After a successful 12-hour brain operation, her Neurosurgeons were able to resect the entire tumor. The surgery alone left Delaney without the ability to even hold her head up or speak. During the next 8 months Delaney underwent 6 rounds of high-dose chemotherapy, three triple-tandem autogulous bone marrow transplants and 28 days of focal brain radiation. Not to mention numerous blood and platelet transfusions. Over the past two years Delaney has relearned to sit up, stand, walk, talk and run. Her smile is what kept us going.

Our social worker, Jessica Beitch, at UCSF Bennioff Children’s hospital, nominated Delaney for an unforgettable experience to be on the floor to see Taylor Swift. Words cannot express just how grateful we are for this experience! Music truly does have the power to heal and we are so very lucky to have had this opportunity! Delaney was able to enjoy this night with her younger brother, Merlin. We cannot thank the Do It For the Love Foundation enough for such a memorable night”