Jacob Hill has autism. He also has a famous new friend thanks to his devoted family!
Two years ago, Jacob’s sister and cousin made a video to the tune of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space.” They changed the lyrics, hoping to garner donations towards an autism service dog. Little did they know, the video would make its way to T-Swizzle herself!
Swift gifted the family $10,000, allowing them to purchase Reid, the perfect dog for Jacob.
As if this weren’t enough, Swift remembered the Hill family when her current concert tour brought her to Houston last week. Out of the blue, she sent them front row tickets and backstage passes!
Jacob’s mother, Allison Hill, shared the wonderful experience on the Autism Speaks Facebook page:
“She didn’t see my son’s disability she just saw him. She got down on her knees and looked him right in the eyes and said hello and that she was thankful HE came to her show even though she knew it was loud and there was so much going on. He grabbed her face and pulled her hair back and said ‘Hi Taylor!’ which was something we were working on all week, but didn’t know if he would be able to say it.”
Hill wrote that Swift was “very gracious and acted like him grabbing her face didn’t even phase her.”
“After the picture was taken, the flash scared him so he snuggled right up to her and her sweet smile says it all,” Hill recalled. “My daughter, Jordan, was pumped to meet her. We feel so blessed! Taylor is such an amazing person for doing this for us…again! Jacob made it through almost the entire concert. Taylor is such an autism advocate, we love her!”
This is hardly the first time the Grammy-winning superstar has reached out to help a child in need. In 2015 she donated a whopping $50,000 to the nephew of one of her backup dancers as he battled cancer.
She also wrote a heart-wrenching song about 4-year-old Ronan Thompson who died from a form of cancer called neuroblastoma. Swift invited the boy’s mother to see her perform “Ronan” live at the 2012 Stand Up 2 Cancer show.
She remains an active supporter of the Ronan Thompson Foundation helping to fund better treatments for childhood cancers.
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