Taylor grins as Tim McGraw takes her hand and sings “cause you’ve given me the most beautiful set of wings, I’m so glad you’re here today” - the chorus of his 2006 hit “Last Dollar.”
This 11-year-old girl – who struggles with a life-threatening skeletal malformation – told her wish granters about her love for country idol, Tim McGraw. Make-A-Wish® Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana went to work.
Her wish experience begins in her elementary school cafeteria in Bryan, Texas. When she walks in following the construction-paper red carpet lined just for her, she see her classmates waving hand-painted signs cheering her on. Her principal, Marilyn Rosas, opens a letter and surprises Taylor by reading:
“Hi Taylor, this is Tim McGraw. I’m looking forward to meeting you in New York next week, and I understand you are a big fan and I can’t wait to sing to you.”
Less than a week later, Taylor is on her way to meet the singer live on ABC’s “Good Morning America” – an appearance to kickoff “Share the Joy” campaign by Lay's® potato chips to benefit Make-A-Wish. Anchor Robin Roberts introduces the pair while Taylor looks at home in the spotlight. She politely asks if she could call him by his first name, and Tim laughingly agrees.
McGraw made his GMA appearance to the nation, but now it’s time to make the moment extraordinary for Taylor. This wish kid claps and sings along as McGraw gives her a 30-minute private concert – complete with “Last Dollar” and the sentimental hit “My Little Girl.”
In a note to Make-A-Wish after their trip, Taylor’s mom, Kristi says, “The joy that filled Taylor’s eyes that day I will never forget.”
Before leaving her new friend, Taylor presents him with a gold medal she won in a Special Olympics wheelchair race. In turn, McGraw gives her an autographed advanced copy of his new CD, several autographed souvenirs and photos to take home.
As her hero sings, “The heart don’t forget something like that.”
Kristi says Taylor still watches the videos of her and McGraw on Good Morning America singing all the songs on the CD living out her wish.