Pop star Taylor Swift recently shared that her mother is suffering from cancer and urged millions of her fans to tell their parents to get screened for the illness. The Shake It Off singer said in a post on the micro-blogging site Tumblr that her mother was feeling fine, but she and her brother asked her to go for a check-up anyway.
“The results came in and I’m saddened to tell you that my mom has been diagnosed with cancer,” she said. “I’d like to keep the details of her condition and treatment plans private, but she wanted you to know.” The 25-year-old Grammy winner said her mother, Andrea Finlay, wanted the news to be known so other “busy” parents will be reminded to get checked for the disease.
As soon as Swift, who frequently shares important events of her life on social media, made the announcement fans responded quickly at #PrayForMamaSwift, which started trending on Twitter.