A 16-year-old Taylor Swift fan who was gifted 22 hats during the singer’s Eras Tour has passed away after her cancer returned.
Ally Garner Anderson’s journey with the country singer’s music started when she was only 8 after she went to her first concert in 2015.
Swift’s tracks became a source of joy and strength throughout her battle against cancer.
Ally’s grieving mother, Patty Garner Anderson, told PEOPLE how Swift’s music helped her daughter during her fight against Stage 4 alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare type of cancer that forms in soft tissue.
“Ally had her music playing when she was still able to shower, when she was organizing her room, when we drove anywhere. It truly is all she played,” she recalled.
During Swift’s Eras Tour at Cincinnati, the ‘You Belong With Me’ hitmaker danced towards Ally and gave her a fedora from her ‘22’ music video.
In the heartwarming video shared on TikTok, Ally’s happiness was evident.
“No words to describe what it felt like to be pulled from my seats to the floor. Honestly such a full circle moment,” Ally wrote.
The teen also had a tattoo of lyrics from Swift’s track, The 1: “And if you never bleed, you’re never gonna grow.”
She also connected with other fans battling cancer, which gave her a sense of community.
Patty also shared the moment they met Swift’s mother, Andrea.
“We had the opportunity to meet Taylor’s mom Andrea at the concert,” she recalled. “We couldn’t thank her enough for choosing Ally for the hat, but I hope one day I can meet Taylor and Andrea to express how much that night meant to Ally.”
After battling cancer for five years, Ally passed away on November 13 at the age of 16.
The date of passing was filled with Swift’s favorite number: 13.
“Ally passed away on 11/13/23 at 13:40. The 13th day during the 13th hour,” Patty added.
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