ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A 12-year-old from Cape Girardeau was very excited to see Taylor Swift in St. Louis next Tuesday. Lorelai Clubb stayed up past midnight six months ago to buy the tickets with her mother when they went on sale. That was before she was startled by a diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia.
Last April Lorelai's mother noticed a purple bruise that covered her daughter's foot. No one knew she was sick until doctors ran a blood test. They made the trip to St. Louis to start treatment. Now, Clubb has had three rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.
"Sometimes when I have trouble going to sleep at night and my dad always tells me to try to go to a happy place. It has been hard for me to find a happy place since I got diagnosed, but everybody's reaction to my video is one of my new happy places and it will help me sleep!!!" Clubb wrote in her CaringBridge blog.
The 12-year-old made a viral video that she hopes will get Taylor Swift's attention. Last week, with help from the public-relations team at St. Louis Children's Hospital, she released "Lorelai's Shake It Off." The Southeast Missourian reports the music video took a month to make. Clubb hopes Swift will make a hospital visit after seeing the YouTube clip.
Lorelai was unable to leave her room while filming the video, according to a People.com article, she had mouth sores from the chemo. They even had to postpone shooting the video because she was reeling from strong pain medication.
The video has been produced and is now on YouTube. So far it has been viewed over 15,000 times.