Ella meets her idol Taylor Swift after Daily tells her story
TWELVE-year-old Ella Sinclair's dreams came true yesterday when she got to meet her idol Taylor Swift after the Sunshine Coast Daily championed #ellameetstaylor.
Once the Daily got on board with a front page article, social and national media went into meltdown to show their support.
When 4BC senior producer, and former Woman's Day and New Idea Queensland bureau chief, Lizzie Wilson put together a package for T-swizzle's people, a meeting seemed a certainty.
But it very nearly didn't happen due to one lousy phone digit.
Ella and her mother Rosalie attended Saturday's Brisbane concert hopeful that T-swizzle would pull through, but they received no word.
Ella wasn't disappointed as she got to see her hero in concert for the first time, but she left empty handed.
That was until the next morning when Tay Tay's management team called up Ms Wilson and asked "is Adelaide too far?".
Rosalie said "We'll go anywhere anytime".
Ella said she could hardly contain herself when she heard the news.
"This was my absolute dream come true … I was thinking 'oh wow, I'm actually going to meet her'," she said.
"Singing Taylor Swift songs every day has helped strengthen my lungs, which has kept me healthy.
"I love her so much, she's such an inspiration."
Cystic Fibrosis Queensland organised and paid for the flights and accommodation and Ella met Swifty before the Adelaide concert.
"I was so nervous, but as soon as I walked in it all went away, she was just like a regular person," Ella said
"She said to me 'you look lovely and thanks for wearing my face on your chest', because I was wearing her t-shirt'.
"She said I was very inspiring and took a picture with me and gave me a hug.
"I was so wonderstruck, it was amazing."
Cystic Fibrosis is a life-shortening genetic disease that mostly affects the lungs, so sufferers are often prescribed alternative treatments such as singing.
Ella is so dedicated to her profession that she landed a lead role in the Australian premiere of Annie Warbucks at the Nambour Civic Centre.
Rosalie said Ella is more inspired than ever to have a fulfilling career.
"There's no stopping her now, she just loves singing and music," she said.
"I would just like to say thank you to everybody, you guys (the Daily), all the media, friends, family and strangers who have supported us.
"The last week has been such a whirlwind, it's like we've been on another planet."