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Taylor Swift Stuns Fan With $15.5K Donation

Funds go to Utah family of mother in coma
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2018 7:47 AM CDT
Taylor Swift arrives at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Oct. 9, 2018.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – A Utah woman owes big thanks to Taylor Swift and her two cats. Over the weekend, Swift fan Sadie Bartell tweeted a link to a GoFundMe page raising money for her mother, Lauriann Bartel, who's been in a coma for three years since suffering brain damage linked to a bleeding ulcer, per Fox 13. "I'm grateful to Taylor for keeping me afloat through it all," wrote 19-year-old Bartell, who has five siblings being cared for full-time by their father, per CNN. Prompting disbelief, Swift not only saw the tweet, but donated $15,500 to the campaign, which has now raised $26,714 of a $40,000 goal. "Love, Taylor, Meredith and Olivia Swift," signed the singer, giving the names of her two cats. Billboard lists more generous acts by Swift, like this $1 million donation. (Read more Taylor Swift stories.)

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