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Inspiring young cancer survivor surprised with front row tickets to Taylor Swift's concert in Houston

Hallie Barnard, 14, has battled cancer on and off since she was a baby. At age 6, she started a foundation to help other kids with cancer and their families.

Michelle Homer

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Published: 2:15 PM CDT April 17, 2023
Updated: 6:13 PM CDT April 24, 2023

A remarkable Texas teen who's battled cancer on and off since she was a baby will have her dream come true this weekend thanks to another teen she's never met.

Hallie Barnard, 14, will be on the front row of Taylor Swift's concert Sunday at NRG Stadium in Houston. 

Editor's note: The above video originally aired in Nov. 2022.

The tickets were donated by 17-year-old Gabriella Saadia and her dad Ilan. Gabriella used her early access to buy two extra tickets to Swift's concert so they could donate them to a pediatric patient at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. 

Despite spending most of her life fighting cancer --  enduring surgeries, chemo and countless doctor visits -- Hallie "radiates positivity." She even started Hallie's Heroes when she was 6 years old to raise awareness and money for other children with cancer and their families.

Hallie has a message for other kids coping with cancer: “You can get through it. You can do anything you want to do.”

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