ACM Awards 2012: Taylor Swift's date, Kevin McGuire, hospitalizedAdd to Favorites | The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards
Sadly, the 18-year-old, who is currently battling leukemia, was admitted to the hospital on Friday, March 30 and is unable to make it to the ceremony.
McGuire's sister, Victoria, started an Internet campaign lobbying for Swift to be her brother's date to prom. On February 24, Swift responded to the invitation on her Facebook page, writing, "Kevin, I'm so sorry but I won't be able to make it to your prom. But I was wondering, the ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards are coming up. Would you be my date? Love, Taylor."
Unfortunately, Victoria posted the following update on March 31: "I am so sorry to announce this devastating news, but Kevin was admitted to the hospital last night, and is unable to attend the Academy of Country Music Awards with Taylor Swift. As we should all live by the moto 'live for today' a cancer patient feels the impact of these words far too hard. We appreciate everything you have done for us, and we know you are all hurt from this too. ... As for Taylor, she is just as depressed as all of us to miss out on this date, and we are so thankful for the opportunity she has given us."
Swift tweeted her support for her date, writing, "Just talked to Kevin McGuire. He's not well enough to join me at the ACMs. Please keep him in your thoughts. I'll make it up to you, Kevin!"