Taylor Swift’s Lyrics to “Ronan” Are Inspired By The True Story Of A Mother’s Love And Loss
Taylor Swift’s song “Ronan” has been topping the iTunes Charts since last Friday and there is good reason. Sure, it is a beautiful song sung by a talented artist, but it runs deeper than that – it tells the true story of a mother’s love and loss.
Maya Thompson lost her son Ronan to cancer in May 2011, just three days before his 4th birthday. She has worked through her grief by writing on her blog, Rockstar Ronan, and starting the Ronan Thompson Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer. Maya’s blog is raw, honest, and filled with the emotion you would expect from a mother who had her child taken from this life too soon.
It was this blog that inspired Taylor Swift, who had been a reader, to write the song “Ronan” and put music to Maya’s words. Starting with “I remember your bare feet down the hallway/I remember your little laugh/Race cars on the kitchen floor/Plastic dinosaurs/I love you to the moon and back,” the song goes on to tell the gut wrenching story of Ronan’s fight against neuroblastoma and his mother’s devastation of his death. Swift performed the song at the “Stand Up to Cancer” telethon on September 7. And I’m sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the audience.
If you haven’t heard the song or watched the video yet, you can do that here or by clicking on this link.
You can hear the tremble in Swift’s voice as she sings, and I’ll be honest that I couldn’t control the tears as I listened to it the first time, especially the line: “You were my best four years”. As the mom of 3 kids, I can’t even begin to fathom the heartache that Maya has gone through. The song is so beautiful, and yet it is about something so tragic. Not just Ronan’s death, although that is on the surface what breaks your heart. It is about childhood cancer and how there isn’t enough awareness to this disease that is the number one disease killer of children.
Every school day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer. 7 of them will die today.
September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, but unfortunately it doesn’t get the same recognition as other cancers or diseases. Truth is, I had never even heard of it before - have you? Only 3% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget goes toward pediatric cancer research. Maya Thompson’s goal is to make people aware of these facts to increase awareness for the need of more research, support, funds, and ultimately a cure.
You can check out the Ronan Thompson Foundation for more ways to help. You can also go to iTunes to download “Ronan” by Taylor Swift. 100% off the proceeds go to cancer-related charities so it is a simple and easy way for us all to give back to this worthy cause.