Taylor Swift Chokes Up at Her Show While Talking About Her Mom's Battle With Cancer

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Taylor Swift gave fans quite the surprise when she sang "Ronan" at her Arizona show on August 17. She's only performed that track one other time, at the Stand Up to Cancer concert back in 2012, but she busted it out this time for another awesome reason.

Taylor wrote the song for Ronan Thompson, who died from Neuroblastoma in 2011, using the actual blog entries written by the boy's mom to create the lyrics. At this specific show, Tay gave a touching speech before going into the song, saying that Ronan's mother Maya Thompson was in the audience.

That's when Taylor said that cancer has recently hit close to home, too. Like most of us would, she got a little emotional while talking. Poor Tay! Her mother Andrea was recently diagnosed with cancer, and she totally alluded to that in her speech. #SoSad

"I think that in my opinion, one of the greatest things that a human being can ever do, is to go through something unbearable and then share their experience with the world. And I think, the braver you are, the more completely honest you are," Taylor told the audience.

"There's a woman here tonight named Maya Thompson...and I wouldn't know half as much as I know about childhood cancer and childhood cancer research if she hadn't shared her story about her son Ronan."

She continued, "The thing about childhood cancer is that it's really really hard to talk about. And it's really not something that you bring up...but the fact that she brought it up, she had this blog called Rockstar Ronan and I would read it every night. And in it was this account of what it was like to watch cancer take over my life. And since then, I've had cancer hit really close to me in my family. So because Maya's right there, I would like you to give her a round of applause, please."

Watch Taylor get emotional and sing "Ronan" below.
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