Many dads have special moments to dance with their daughters, especially on their wedding day. But the dance that 12-year-old McKenzie Michelle Carey shared with her father, Mike Carey, at Summer Pageant Fest is the kind that you'll never forget after you see it once.
McKenzie's father is leading, but for a reason other than the usual: McKenzie cannot use her legs.
McKenzie has a rare, incurable condition called Mitochondrial disease, which damages the cells of several key parts of the human body, including the brain, liver, skeletal muscles, kidney and the respiratory and endocrine systems. While McKenzie is not paralyzed, she cannot walk or speak.
On the website Hope for McKenzie, there is more information about the little girl, as well as a link to her GoFund me page to cover her medical costs. Her parents keep a close eye on the page and interact regularly with the people that donate to their daughter's cause. McKenzie has been responding to alternative therapies such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy and intensive suit therapy.
“We are her voice and her legs,” McKenzie's mother, Tammy, told CNN affiliate WTVR.
Tammy also said that her husband started doing these dances with McKenzie to inspire people, and that participating in pageants gives her the same opportunities as other children. McKenzie has been participating in them since she was 5 years old.
“She is a blessing to everyone she meets,” Tammy said.