After a viral hashtag campaign, one girl’s wish came true: she met Taylor Swift and attended her concert before her progressive hearing loss causes her to go completely deaf.
If you were told you’d eventually lose your hearing completely, what would you miss the most? For 12-year-old Jorja Hope, one of the things she’d miss the most was listening to Taylor Swift. “I won’t be able to hear Taylor Swift sing,” the young girl said sadly. With her sister Chloe and the help of Sydney radio station Nova 96.9 (not to mention a viral hashtag campaign conducted on social media), Hope’s dreams came true.
Chloe Hope began a Facebook group and started the hashtag “#HelpJorjaMeetTaylorSwiftSydney,” the campaign that Nova 96.9 helped spread. The station was also instrumental in organizing the meetup between Jorja and Taylor.
On November 28, Jorja went to Taylor Swift’s Sydney show at ANZ Stadium, which she described as “very, very fun. We danced all night.” But she also got the opportunity to meet Taylor herself. Check out the photo of the two that the Maitland Mercury posted on their Twitter account:
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As for Jorja’s impression after meeting her idol? She didn’t know Tay was that tall. “She was very, very amazing and very pretty. I didn’t expect her to be as tall as she was.”
Jorja’s mother Melissa opened up to Us Weekly about what the experience has been like for Jorja, both illness-wise, and this incredible experience. “Things like this happen to other people, not to people like us, she said. “It’s been a fairy tale.”
She also spoke about Jorja’s illness:
“Jorja has battled her whole life from being born preemie with growth problems, to surgeries on her ears already and five surgeries for broken bones. She is a fighter. No matter what happens, she smiles and keeps going.”
Jorja’s optimism and strength has inspired many around the world, and taking a look at her wide smile at Taylor’s concert, it’s easy to see why.