Girl battling brain tumor is given Taylor Swift tickets, backstage pass

An 11-year-old battling a brain tumor is getting a special birthday present this weekend, getting to see Taylor Swift in concert.

Sara Simonsen is always listening and singing along to her idol. And due to the generosity of her mother's co-worker, is holding tickets for Swift at Ford Field on her 12th birthday.

Simonsen suffers from a rare tumor in the center of her brain. She was diagnosed just before her 5th birthday. 

"It feels so surreal. I can't believe it!" said the Roseville girl who even performed one of Taylor Swift's songs in her school talent show. 

She periodically undergoes chemotherapy, which can leave her not feeling well enough to attend school.

"They can't biopsy, so it's pretty much just been a watch and wait game  . . . she has gone through treatment," said Dawn Darling, Sara's mother. 

Sara's excitement is too hard to hide, along with her gratitude to April Garmany. Garmany, a Swift fan herself, won the concert tickets on the radio but decided Sara and her mother should go instead.

"For her to so selflessly give it up to us for (Sara), you know not many people are as giving and selfless as April," said Darling. 

Little did Sara know, the tickets also included passes to meet Swift. 

"I'm freaking out. I don't know what to do!" said Simonsen. 

While looking back at photos when Sara couldn't get around easily, her mother says she always had a smile.

"She's dealt with a lot. She's pushed through everything with a smile and never gave up," said Darling. 

April and her mother say Sara's smile is all they wanted to see. 
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