Taylor Swift Makes Large Donation to Hospital
Taylor Swift is known for being one of the most generous artists in country music, and now the singer has made yet another sizable contribution to a worthwhile cause.
The Pennsylvania native recently donated $50,000 to cancer patients at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The money will go towards purchasing a music therapy cart, which will allow the young patients to create and produce their own music while receiving care for their illness.
“We are thrilled that Taylor has chosen to support The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Cancer Center,” Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., chief executive officer of CHOP says (quote via Ace Showbiz). “[Swift's] gift will help lift the spirits of many CHOP patients during a difficult time.”
“Taylor’s music is an inspiration to so many of our teen patients,” adds Lamia Barakat, Ph.D., psychologist and director of the Psychosocial Services Program at CHOP’s Cancer Center. “We can think of no better way to use her gift than to grow our Adolescent and Young Adult initiative designed to support the emotional well-being of our teens with cancer.”
Swift also spent some time at the hospital, meeting with the patients.
The ‘Sweeter Than Fiction’ singer clearly has a soft spot for children who are battling an illness. Earlier this year, she also spent time with pediatric patients at both New York Hospital Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, R.I., arriving both times without an entourage or fanfare and staying each time about five hours, spending one-on-one time with the patients.
Swift’s other charitable endeavors include donating the proceeds from her song ‘Ronan’ to cancer-related charities, giving $4 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, offering almost $1 million to victims of the Alabama tornadoes and $500,000 for relief efforts after the Nashville flood, and donating 14,000 books to the Nashville Public Library.
The songstress will wrap up her Global Red Tour on June 12 in Singapore and then put the finishing touches on her new album.