Kyle Maccia of Wall, NJ:
Kyle's Dream was to meet Taylor Swift.
Kyle Maccia, an 18-year-old township youth, this week (July 18, 2011) received the wish of a lifetime when he met singer Taylor Swift while the pop star was in Newark for a July 20th concert at the Prudential Center.
Maccia, who has multiple sclerosis, was granted the wish through the Jersey Shore chapter of the Dream Factory, a nonprofit organization that grants wishes to chronically and critically ill children from Ocean, Monmouth and Middlesex counties, according to Luanne Wood, selection coordinator at the Jersey Shore chapter.
The local chapter, based in Brick, in June arranged for Maccia to fly out to Las Vegas to see Swift perform at the Country Music Awards, but the arrangement to meet Swift could not be made, Wood said.
The Dream Factory of the Jersey Shore, which has granted seven wishes to children since its inception a year ago, persisted and a meeting was arranged for July 20, Wood said.
Kyle Maccia and his Family get ready to attend the Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Fun for Kyle & Family
Chris and Kyle holding the Coast Star
Getting Ready to go Rock Climbing at Red Red
The Dream Factory of the Jersey Shore took Kyle to Sumo's in Wall for his send off party.
Kyle's dream is to meet Taylor Swift. We are sending him to Las Vegas on April 3, 2011 to see the live televised ACMA show and we also gave him two tickets to the Star Jam Post Show.
The ACMA will be at the MGM Grand. Kyle and his family will be staying in LasVegas for four nights.
Kyle said "I am speechless and I am never speechless!"
Kyle has MS and will be attending Temple University in Philadelphia in the fall.