April 20, 2015 7:34 AM EDT

The love is flowing in the Swift family. At the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, Andrea Swift— mother to Taylor Swift—took the stage to present the Milestone award to her famous daughter.

In front of a cheering audience, Swift spoke proudly of her daughter, saying, “For many years, I was her constant companion. And I witnessed a young girl with very few friends become one with many, learning to stand up for herself and the things she believes in. Being brave enough to explore her musical curiosity, having a voice against those who hate, and giving of herself to those in need.”

“I am a very proud mom,” she added. “I want to thank the entire music community for taking such good care of her. And to the fans: I know you love her as I love her. And for that, I thank you eternally.”

Taylor Swift revealed this month that her mom had been diagnosed with cancer following a health screening.

Watch the full speech here:

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