Swift Stands Up to Cancer

Taylor Swift

Just in case you missed it, Taylor Swift paid tribute to a young cancer victim with a special song on Friday's "Stand Up to Cancer" telethon.

"Ronan" is dedicated to a 3-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 was available on iTunes; proceeds are going to cancer-related charities.

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


Here's the performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ITrd7fM6aY