Kenzie Dancing With Her Dad – So Beautiful To See Her Joy!!


It may look like Kenzie isn’t able to dance but it’s not going to stop her Dad from trying.

McKenzie dresses like a normal frilly-dress wearing girl, but the 12-year-old suffers from a life threatening disease called Mitochondrial Disease. And while she won’t lead the same life like other girls her age, her father was still determined to showcase her at a summer pageant. He dances with her on stage, taking her out of her chair as they move to Miley Cyrus’s ‘The Climb’.

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McKenzie Michelle Carey was born weighing just over eight pounds, 12 years ago on April 20, 2002.

Eighteen months later she was diagnosed with a life-threatening disease identified as Mitochondrial disease. Mitochondria are considered the cell’s power producers, and the work they do helps generate fuel for the cell’s activities. But McKenzie’s mitochondria can’t do what they are needed to do; sustain life and support growth.

The disease damages cells of the brain, heart, liver, skeletal muscles, kidney and the endocrine and respiratory systems.

McKenzie isn’t paralyzed, but she can’t walk and she is non-verbal — though her mother says she understand everything said to her.

But her condition didn’t keep her off the stage for the summer pageant, thanks to her awesome dad, Mike Carey.

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Paul Reyburn Paul has been an actor/director in the Twin Cities area for over 30 years and is very active in the MN theater community. His kid is really cool! He also writes the "Parental Writes" blog at
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