Special needs cheerleader hoping to meet Taylor Swift
VIERA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
A special needs cheerleader at Viera High School says she is Taylor Swift's biggest fan.
For her 17th birthday, Amanda Gibson is desperately hoping she will have the chance to meet the entertainer. Much to her surprise, her classmates launched a social media campaign to try to get Swift's attention.
"I'm like, 'What in the world is going on?" she said, after she saw her picture on a Facebook page and the Twitter hash tag "#AmandaGetSwift" surfacing on tweets from friends.
"Celebs are tweeting it. Like a million people are tweeting it. People were tweeting about it in my third period zoology class," she said.
Amanda isn't shy about being Swift's number one fan. She recently attended Swift's concert in Miami, and on the performer's 23rd birthday last December, Amanda made a vow to wear Taylor t-shirts every day until Swift turns 24.
"In almost every song, there's a lyric I can relate to," said Amanda.
Lyrics that make this girl dealing with teenage issues, along with cerebral palsy, feel "normal."
"She has inspired me!" Amanda exclaims, adding that Swift has taught her how to deal with her own frustrations through writing songs. "I can get all my anger and pent up emotion out without taking it out on people that have nothing to do it."
Cheryl Draves is Amanda's cheerleading coach. She said the team has learned so much from Amanda, and she is proud of her girls trying to do something so special.
"If nothing happens with Taylor... the fact that so many people are coming together for her, she thought she was so different…look what one person can do."
FOX 35's Holly Bristow spoke with Amanda today and we will air a report during FOX 35 News at 5 p.m.