NEW YORK (AP) _ Taylor Swift will pay tribute to a young cancer victim with a special song on Friday’s “Stand Up to Cancer” telethon.
“Ronan” is dedicated to a 3-year-old boy who died last year of neuroblastoma. Swift wrote the song after reading the blog of Ronan’s mother, Maya Thompson, who is credited as a co-writer.
According to a person familiar with the show, but who asked not to be identified because they were not author-ized to speak, the song has never been performed in public. After the telethon, it will be available on iTunes; pro-ceeds will go to cancer-related charities.
“Stand Up to Cancer” will air on all the major networks and cable channels. Besides Swift, it will feature celebri-ties including Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow, Justin Timberlake and more.
Online: Ronan Thompson Foundation.