Arriving via limo to the Place One Apartments Club House in Plymouth Meeting and walking down the red carpet flanked by friends and family, newly-signed Rotation Records Recording artist Amy Lynne Hosmer’s 11-year-old thoughts were likely far from the brain cancer she’s battling, or the risky surgery she will undergo next week.
Hosmer’s thoughts were more likely on the song that she just recorded about her experience at the Ronald McDonald camp this past summer, "The Camp," the wrap-up party that was about to be held in her honor, and the fact that her new contract puts her in the ranks of her idol, Taylor Swift, who she hopes to meet one day.
This day was made special for Hosmer, who lives in Kinstgon, Luzerne County, by a number of individuals and organizations – Norristown’s Rotation Records executives Joe Staiber and Tom Jenson, “signed” her to a contract and plan to make her song available on I-Tunes, Amazon, and other outlets, as well as Global View VSP and Leon Thomas, who filmed and documented the day.
Maria Jacobs, Rosalie Hetrick and other counselors from the Ronald McDonald Camp held the Wrap Up Party in Amy’s honor, complete with a red carpet, an area for photos, a custom “pop star” cake featuring CDs and flowers provided by Kristyn Marchus of Pottstown’s Cream Valley Farm Catering, and lots of spunky party favors.
Hosmer’s mother, Etta, who created the Facebook page “Help Amy Meet Taylor Swift,” which has helped to increase exposure of Amy’s dream.
“With our future up in the air I want to do everything I can for my little girl (like all moms do),” Etta writes on the Facebook page description, “and one of her big wishes is to meet Taylor Swift.”
Another important player in the day was Swift herself. While she was unable to attend the event (her Twitter account had her in Madrid at the time), she sent a photo of herself signed with “I (heart) Amy.”
Hosmer, who was diagnosed with brainstem glioma when she was just over two and a half years old, was told she wouldn’t live long. While the tumor shrunk over time and become nonexisistant, it recently reappeared on an MRI. Hosmer will have surgery on Jan. 30, followed by chemotherapy, according to “Help Amy Meet Taylor Swift”
Hosmer participated in the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House camp this past summer, for children between the ages of seven and 17 who are either undergoing treatment or have been treated for cancer.
“It's so nice not having to explain what a tumor is," Hosmer told 6ABC of the Ronald McDonald camp.
“Amy is beyond thrilled,” Etta said in a press release prior to the recording. “We will be doing this about one week before her surgery. She has been practicing everyday which is giving her something to focus on other than how scared she is to have brain surgery.”