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Taylor Swift to debut song for cancer victim

NEW YORK (AP) -- Taylor Swift will pay tribute to a young cancer victim with a special song on Friday's "Stand Up to Cancer" telethon. The cancer charity's third annual network special airs Friday, Sept. 7, at 8 pm on major broadcast networks including ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX.

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"Ronan" is dedicated to a 4-year-old boy who died last year of neuroblastoma. Swift wrote the song after reading the blog of Ronan's mother, Maya Thompson, who is credited as a co-writer.According to a person familiar with the show, but who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak, the song has never been performed in public. After the telethon, it will be available on iTunes; all proceeds will go to cancer-related charities.

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"Stand Up to Cancer" will air on all the major networks and cable channels. Besides Swift, it will feature celebrities including Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow, Justin Timberlake and more.

Oct 4, 2012 9:55AM
This just touches my heart. Taylor is such a kind hearted girl. Prayers and thoughts to the Thompson family. 
Sep 9, 2012 1:27PM
This is so sweet. I have cried,cried,and cried. I have a passion for kids and this just breaks my heart. I applaud you Taylor for writing this song. God has His hands on Ronan and his family. This song has really touched me. And no one deserves cancer, but it seems like there is always someone you know with it. I will never forget this and I will spread the word about this little boy,and the foundation.
Sep 7, 2012 12:33PM
Taylor is still so sweet. I'm sure this song will be beautiful and will raise some serious funds. Thank you Taylor and please stay sweet :)
Sep 7, 2012 10:11AM
I have a lot of respect for Taylor...she seems to have a good foundation and is using her talents to bless others in her life.  I hope she will never let the show business side of things interfere with what she does best.
Sep 7, 2012 7:47AM
I agree with you white feather. Taylor does have class. Her parent did an excellant job of raising her. SHE THE KIND OF GIRL THAT A MOTHER HOPE HER SON WOULD BRING HOME TO MEET. It is so refreshing.
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