It’s hard to deny that Taylor Swift loves her fans. From day one the “22” singer has made her fans the priority in her singing career, giving them special access to her tours, walking through the crowds at concerts, and giving out far more hugs than your average person.

But plenty of fans gained even more respect for Taylor this past Friday in Charlotte, N.C., on the fifth date of her Red Tour, when she pulled 8-year-old Emma Routh on stage at the end of “Sparks Fly.”

Emma is fighting Fanconi anemia, a rare blood disorder that leads to bone marrow failure. In her short 8 years, Emma has already gone difficult bouts of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, surpassing any prognosis her physicians gave her in the beginning.

So how did this little girl from Texas make it all the way to Charlotte to experience such a once-in-a-lifetime day?

Taylor Swift 'Red' Tour
Credit: Jodi Phillips/The New 103.7

On March 10, Charlotte station The New 103.7 received a Facebook message from a wonderful Lexington, N.C. listener that told the story of Emma and how she was granted a Make-A-Wish to meet Taylor in Charlotte–and that unfortunately, it had fallen through at the last minute. Many listeners and fans of Emma rallied to get her situation noticed, and Tanner–host of The New 103.7’s Tanner in the Morning Show–couldn’t let this pass without at least trying to make this girl’s dream come true.

Fast forward to March 20. 

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