Taylor Swift calls 12-year-old fan battling cancer

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Thursday, April 30, 2015
Emily Beazley, left; Taylor Swift, right
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CHICAGO, IL -- It was a dream come true for a 12-year-old girl battling cancer; she's a big fan of singer Taylor Swift.

Emily Beazley had a street named after her last week in Mt. Greenwood and was named an honorary police officer with her little sister Olivia Tuesday.

Late Wednesday afternoon, Swift called Emily after her radiation treatment and gave her a few words of encouragement and heard about the street renaming ceremony.

Emily's mom says when Emily got off the phone she was smiling from ear to ear, and said she hadn't seen that kind of smile from her in a long time.

Emily has been battling cancer for four years. She was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma when she was eight. She'd gone into remission but the cancer has returned. Olivia donated her stem cells to help save her sister's life.

The Beazley girls come from a family of Chicago police officers; two grandparents and their dad, Detective Ed Beazley. So it was just a matter of time before Emily and her sister joined Chicago's finest. On Tuesday, they became honorary police officers in front of dozens of police officers and the city's top cop. Both girls received Chicago Police Department badges.

"Today is a very, very special day for the Chicago Police Department as we welcome two new police officers with incredible courage, dignity and strength. And I gotta tell you, I know a lot of cops. A lot of tough cops ... This is about tough," Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said.

"These past four years have been difficult, but you got to stay strong. You got to stay positive no matter what happens," Emily said.

It has been a Mt. Greenwood neighborhood effort to save Emily's life. Just last Friday, Emily had her street on the Southwest Side named after her.