Patients at children’s hospital start social media campaign for Taylor Swift to visit

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WISH) — A group of Taylor Swift fans are hoping to meet the mega star when she performs on Wednesday in Indianapolis next week.

The social media campaign started with 17-year old Rachel Lamb, who is a patient at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.

Through Twitter and Instagram, she is trying to get Swift to notice her and other patients. Lamb said has big plans if her #WildestDreams come true.

“I’d probably ask to sing with her because I’d really like to get the recording, or take a selfie. I love music so much,” said Lamb.

Their campaign is snow balling. Colts player Pat McAfee even tweeted his support.

Lamb and other patients at the children’s hospital said they know every word to the superstar’s songs.

“I think it would be really exciting not only [to] me, but other children to get a chance to meet her, put a smile on their faces and mine,” said Christina Cooper.

Daija Lawson added, “I don’t know my reaction. But, if she was here, I’m pretty sure I’d be surprised and speechless.”

Swift’s music helps Lamb and the rest of the girls get through.

On and off, they find themselves in the hospital for weeks, sometimes months at a time.

Lamb suffers from kidney disease.

“I do dialysis for right now and do a pheresis treatment. Pheresis is every other day and dialysis is every day for an hour,” explained Lamb.

Although a visit from her favorite musician would offer a break from reality, Lamb says there won’t be any “Bad Blood” if Swift can’t make it.

“I guess I’ll just ‘Shake it off,’ and listen to more music,” laughed Lamb.

If Swift does make an appearance at the hospital, it won’t be the first time for a major musician.

There is a display featuring one of Garth Brooks’ guitars from when he visited.

Hospital officials said they have reached out to Swift’s media contact, but have not heard from them yet.

Hospital officials said more patients and supporters joined the effort Tuesday.

There’s now a push for everyone to join in, by using certain Twitter hashtags and by tagging Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and Taylor Swift on Twitter and Instagram.

Swift will perform at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Sept. 16, as part of her 1989 World Tour.

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