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.