A father/daughter dance that has gone viral on YouTube with over 4 million views is touching many people's hearts. 12-year-old McKenzie, and her father Mike Carey were invited to dance during the PageantFest pageant in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. What people don't know is that McKenzie has a rare genetic condition called mitochondrial disease.

She was diagnosed with this disease when she was 15 months old and was told that she would probably not live past the age of 5 years old. She’s unable to walk or feed herself, and she only speaks a few words. McKenzie is also confined to a wheelchair. The disease damages the cells of the brain, heart, liver, skeletal muscles, kidney as well as the endocrine and respiratory systems.

As of right now there are no cures for mitochondrial disease. McKenzie’s parents wanted her to grow up and have a typical childhood life just like any other 12 year old child. Something that makes McKenzie smile and happy are pageants. So, for the last few years McKenzie's mom has entered her into a few pageants not only just to make McKenzie happy but also to show people just because McKenzie is disabled doesn’t mean she can’t do what other kids are doing.

McKenzie loves to watch people dance, so when her dad dances with her and picks her up he acts as her legs and arms and you can see it puts the biggest smile on her face.

 

 

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