Why Taylor Swift Wants to Meet This Girl With Cerebral Palsy


Charli Roberton is a high school senior from Winston Salem, North Carolina, who loves Taylor Swift. Robertson has cerebral palsy, and in the fall of 2012, she experienced a series of seizures that caused her to develop amnesia, Fox News reported. Her family and doctors tried everything to help bring her memory back, but only one thing worked — Taylor Swift’s music.

One day, Robertson’s mom played Swift’s song, “Mean,” and something about the music stirred Robertson’s memory.

“She turned the direction the music was playing. She was singing the words,” Sheri Robertson, Robertson’s mom, says in the video below.

Robertson’s memory was completely restored by April 2013. Since then, she has been working with Mary Lee, an English teacher she befriended in the high school library, to reach out to Swift any way she can to thank her personally.

Her hard work finally paid off in a big way — Taylor Swift wants to meet her. A local radio station heard Robertson’s story and arranged for her to receive a backstage pass to Swift’s show this October.

Thank you, thank you, thank you,” she exclaims when the radio DJs tell her the good news in the video below. “I’m about to cry over here!”

Learn more about Robertson’s story in the video below — and watch the heartwarming moment she realizes she’s going to meet Taylor Swift at 3:45. 

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