Teen Who Received Sweet Shoutout From Luke Bryan Passes Away After Battling Cystic Fibrosis
A young Luke Bryan fan who made headlines recently has lost her battle with cystic fibrosis.
Seventeen-year-old Kenna Taylor of Rock Island, Tenn. passed away on Tuesday (Oct. 7), Nashville Gab reports. The girl bravely faced her health struggles up to the very end.
“This past week has been really hard on me. When I was first told that I didn’t have long, I was okay with it. I was okay with the fact that I really might leave this world because even though I spent a lot of my life sick; I had an overall good 17 years,” Taylor wrote on Facebook in September. “I wouldn’t change it for the world, but I don’t believe that it’s my time to go yet.”
“I still have too much fight in me and I believe that if I push myself hard enough, I’ll win,” she added. “It’s going to be hell, but I think I can do it. And hey, proving people wrong is my all-time favorite job. I highly appreciate all the love that I’ve received from you all.”
Actor James Woods wrote to Bryan last month, telling him about Taylor and that her biggest wish was to get a tweet from him. Bryan obliged on Sept. 18:
The brave teen responded with two very excited tweets:
Taylor posted the photo above to Instagram last week, indicating that she was in the hospital. Her funeral service is set for Saturday (Oct. 11) in Tennessee. She is survived by her father, Sean Taylor of McMinnville, Tenn. and mother, Annamaria Taylor of Rock Island, as well as brother, Kenneth Joshua Taylor of McMinnville; two sisters, Hailey Taylor and Julia Taylor of Rock Island; maternal grandmother, Mary Gerstenschlager of McMinnville and paternal grandparents, Kenny and Shirley Taylor of McMinnville.
She was preceded in death by maternal grandfather, Harold Gerstenschlager. Taste of Country extends our condolences to all the family and friends of Kenna Taylor.