The lovely singer Taylor Swift has been crooning to fans since she was just a child herself. Recently, one very special young man reached out to Taylor Swift, requesting that she fulfill one of his wildest dreams and go to prom with him.
Anthony Rodela, who prefers the moniker “Swaggy Tony,” is a 17-year-old Special Olympics athlete. According to NBC Los Angeles, the Taylor Swift fan won first place in the 100-yard dash race in a recent Special Olympics competition. Swaggy Tony’s impressive list of accomplishments does not end there. He is also an assistant manager of the San Marino High School football team, as well as a member of the school’s student council.
His sweet request for a few hours of Taylor Swift’s time is heartwarming.
“Alright, Taylor, I’m your biggest fan. My favorite songs are Wildest Dreams, Bad Blood and Shake It Off. Taylor, I have one question for you: Will you go to prom with the Swaggy Tony? I really want to meet you, Swaggy Swift. We’re going to have a good time at the dance.”
— CM7 (@chris_manutd7) April 7, 2016
So what does Swaggy Tony’s mom think of his plea for a special date with Taylor Swift? Lisa Rodela approves wholeheartedly and has taken to Twitter to encourage others to share her son’s video in the hopes it will make it to Taylor Swift.
— lisa rodela (@lrodela19) April 18, 2016
The young man has chosen a date that will be difficult to win, but in all fairness, Swaggy Tony doesn’t seem to be one to back down from a challenge. Winning the Special Olympics is no small feat, and his success in the other areas of his life must have been hard won as well.
According to the Latin Times, Swaggy Tony is not the first person to request the presence of Taylor Swift at his prom. Apparently, in 2012, Kevin McGuire asked Taylor Swift to join him for prom. At the time, Kevin suffered from a second bout of leukemia and was waiting for methotrexate, a medication that was in very low supply. It looked unlikely that Kevin McGuire would receive the help he was looking for, but his spirits remained high, according to the Huffington Post.
“I had no doubt I would kick its butt the first time, and I did. Hopefully I’ll be able to continue that this time, even if methotrexate isn’t in the picture.”
Taylor Swift personally responded to his request. Although Taylor Swift could not make it to his prom, she invited him to the Academy of Country Music Awards. In a sad twist of fate, Kevin was in the hospital, too ill to join Taylor Swift for the big night.
One year can make a big difference, though. The Boot shared the exciting news that McGuire’s brother made a life-giving gift of bone marrow to Kevin, helping him to beat cancer for a second time. Again, Taylor Swift invited him to the ACM Awards, and this time, he was able to go. The following is a post from Facebook.
“As soon as we land in Vegas we are meeting up with TAYLOR SWIFT! It is great how this all worked out, it truly came full circle; Kevin is fully healthy this year and will be able to enjoy everything! Thank you for being a part of our journey!”
— missygirl01 (@missygirl011) May 1, 2013
The final entry to Kevin’s special Facebook page ends on a happy note, seeing him off to college and an exciting life full of possibilities.
“TOMORROW is the day- Kevin is leaving for COLLEGE! We are so proud of Kevin and all that he has accomplished; and now he gets to go out into the world and start his journey. THANK you all for praying, supporting, and thinking of Kevin during his dark times- but this is for sure a time of happiness! GOOD LUCK KEVIN! Follow your dreams, and you’ll never do wrong!…he sure has come a long way!”
Hopefully, Taylor Swift will receive Swaggy Tony’s prom proposal and answer as kindly as she did for Kevin. Check out Tony’s sweet proposal below.
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