For the first time live in concert, Taylor played the tribute, as Ronan Thompson's mother, Maya Thompson was in the audience. In addition to delivering a heartbreaking speech about the origin of the song, Taylor also indirectly addressed her own mom's cancer diagnosis, which she announced back in April.
"The thing about childhood cancer is it's really, really hard to talk about. It's really not something you bring up because it makes everyone really, really upset," Taylor started off her speech. "[Maya] had this blog called 'Rockstar Ronan' and I would read it every night."
"And in it was this account of what it's like to watch cancer take over your life and since then I've had cancer hit really close to me and my family," Taylor continued, alluding to her mom's diagnosis.
But the 1989 artist didn't just open up about her own personal experiences with cancer, she also dedicated the song to Maya.
"So because Maya is right there, I'd like you to give her a round of applause, please," she said.
"I'm going to try because the only time I've ever played this is on a show called Stand Up to Cancer but because Maya's here tonight, I think she deserves it," Taylor added.
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