Every once in a while a story comes around that truly inspires you. Tia Shephard's story is one of those. Unlike other 16-year-old girls, she spends her days in a hospital bed. Suffering from an undiagnosed degenerative disease, Tia has lost her balance, hearing, and just recently the ability to breathe on her own.
However -- instead of living her last days in tears Tia is checking things off her bucket list. This past Thursday, the teen got a puppy. The adorable pint-sized yorkie was donated to the family by the Kansas Humane Society. Then Saturday, Tia checked off getting baptized, as a local pastor came to her hospital bedside and her family participated in the touching ceremony.
It's amazing to see what the local community is willing to do to help this teen in her final days. What's even more awesome, though, is Tia's No. 1 item on her bucket list: To meet Taylor Swift.
Yeah, it's a bit of a stretch, but how many times have we heard of celebrities doing awesome things like this for sick children. Tia's family has reached out to the country popstar, and are praying that she'll get back in contact with them.
What just gets me is the attitude of Tia's father and family. Everyone surrounding Tia seems so hopeful and optimistic. They want her to truly enjoy her time, even if it is in a hospital bed. It truly makes you realize how fortunate we all are to live the lives we do.
With that said, we all need to do our part to help Tia. The more of us that Tweet at Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13), the more of a chance Tia will have to cross off the No. 1 item on her bucket list. If Swift sees an outpouring of support for this sick teen, then I bet you she'll help make Tia's dream a reality.
Learn more about Tia's touching story, here:
Does Tia inspire you? Will you join us in trying to help her cross off item No. 1 on her bucket list?
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