Michigan woman raises money to send cancer-fighters to Taylor Swift concerts

Cancer fighters get a chance to see Taylor Swift in concert

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - One Michigan woman is raising money to send cancer patients and survivors to Taylor Swift's Reputation tour.

Tuesday, 50,000 fans will pack FirstEnergy Stadium for one of the hottest concerts to hit Cleveland this year.

Alli Baker wants to make sure as many cancer-fighting Swift fans as possible don't miss out on the action.

The nursing student raises money to buy tickets for kids and their families who are fighting or have overcome cancer.

Tuesday night, through donations, she bought tickets for 3-year-old Scarlett and her mom, Melissa James.

Tuesday night, Melissa and Scarlett got to meet with one of Taylor's backup dancers. He shared her pictures on social media.

Melissa said, "Alli reached out to us and it was so nice because we're typically on the other end of it. So, for Scarlett to have her little wish come true, it was wonderful".

Melissa started the Feel Better Foundation to honor Scarlett and the two found each other through social media.

Alli has sent over 40 fans and their families to concerts in Glendale, Ariz., Columbus, and now Cleveland.

"Just seeing the expression… it's pure joy there's no other word to really describe it," she said.

She said the concerts "really gave them a chance to forget about the diagnosis and just enjoy the night."

The idea started when Baker watched her, then 7-year-old, friend Abri's cancer diagnosis take over.

A week later, she and Abri went to Taylor's 1989 concert.

"Watching her feel the magic of the tour was just the most inspirational thing," said Baker.

After seeing Abri's reaction to the concert, she decided to spread the love to more local fighters. But she says she didn't expect it to grow. She finds kids through twitter and her organization, Butterflies for Courageous Kids

She started Butterflies for Courageous Kids to make and send paper butterflies to kids fighting cancer.

The organization's goal is to raise awareness, and so that cancer patients know someone is thinking about them.

With just a few days until the concert, she's in full-on fundraising mode to be able to take as many fans as possible to "shake it off."

You can learn more about donating by visiting her GoFundMe Page

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