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McKenzie Carey. PHOTO: GoFundMe

McKenzie Carey. PHOTO: GoFundMe

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-verabal — 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.

He dances the sweetest dance with his daughter, to “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus. You can see the happiness sparkling from her eyes.

This isn’t McKenzie’s first pageant, her mother says the family started doing them when she was five-years-old.

“We are her voice and her legs,” her mother Tammy Carey said.

“My husband started doing these dances with her to inspire people and she has inspired people and touched peoples hearts from all over the world,” Carey said.

McKenzie is a fifth grader at Shelton Elementary School. Her mother said she loves school, competing in pageants and dancing with her daddy.

“Pageants give her the same opportunity as other children,” Carey said. “She has won many titles in the past seven years and will continue competing.”

McKenzie has been responding to alternative therapies. The treatments are hyperbaric oxygen therapy and intensive suit therapy, both are expensive, her mother said.

“She is a blessing to everyone she meets,” her mom said.

If you want to find out more about McKenzie, read here and if you want to help out the family or view the GoFundMe, it is here. 

McKenzie Carey. PHOTO: GoFundMe

McKenzie Carey. PHOTO: GoFundMe


  • Ron Melancon

    To all the dads who would run like my dad did. To all the dads who would run from this child to avoid taking care of their child shame on you. To this dad who has stayed the course he is his daughters hero .

    • eric

      Ron…shame you and stop right now. This is a positive thing and positive posts and all about support for this child and for her father and while you put a compliment somewhere int here you interjected not only your personal life but a mouthful of negativity. ONLY POSITIVE MESSAGES HERE THANKYOU GUYS

  • Terri

    Is there any way possible we can clone this father? The world needs more of this man. He truly is AMAZING. Love to this family <3

  • Kathy Christian

    This is a MAN, a truely awesome to be proud of man. My God, if all dads were even close to this man, what a truly beautiful world this would be. God Bless him and grant him a miracle. Cause he is truly one to his daughter. This has to the best video I have witnessed of LOVE in my 52 1/2 years. Just so beyond words. I will never forget this vision of true, uninhibited heart and soul LOVE.

  • Chris

    I love this dad. He should have the world handed to him. I am just crying. Her face at the end is one I will never forget.

  • holly hinkle

    I have a daughter who is 12 with cerebral palsy and I love watching her do things in talent.shows for school. Watching her dad dropped me to my knees and just made hug my daughter a little.tighter tonight

  • april driscoll

    When I see Beautiful Things Happen it brings back the chances that we just might be nice people out there. This DAD is a DAD and he earns the Post of Being a Great Father as Well. May all the DADS ( Good DADS ) be there for their Children and Pass the Word that their are many many more out there. <3

  • Emily Hudkins

    My Granddaughter has MELAS which is a mito disorder. She was diagnosed around 10 years and is now 18 and just graduated from high school. She is not verbal, can not walk, has no control over her body functions, can not swallow and is tube fed, but is able to understand. She is a beautiful young lady and has been such a blessing to all who know her. Her faith in God is as strong as anyone I have ever known. Her dad is a great dad, He takes care of her like she was a newborn. Gives her her meds, changes her diapers, soothes her when she is in distress, sits by her side when she has been hospitalized, and continues to be that dad that fights for her well being and her continued care. He is not my son but my son in law. He and my daughter and my other granddaughter and the entire support family, love this young lady as much as all our other grandchildren. This dad that dances with his daughter is doing what dads do, especially those who have to deal with a child that is a special needs child. they are special just like all our children, but just need the extra care. Bless him for the love he has for his daughter and for all dads that have that love. Every time I see a case like this it just draws the tears because of the love of the parents and family that these children have all around them. It is not easy for them or for the children or other family members. This disease/disorder has no cure. We all live one day at a time. Thank God this family lives each day to the fullest for their child and themselves. Bless them and all special needs families. Keep it going and never give up. God is always with you through all the tough times Loved the video and I saw the joy in your daughters face.

  • brainingforward

    My ten year old daughter and I watched this. We both. Had tears in our eyes but after she had looked at me saying, “mom what can I do for her? What can I do to save her? Her parents need her and I can give her something.” With even more tears in my eyes at this point, I told my little girl I didn’t know what, if anything, that could be done. I told her though that kenzie has obviously
    a wonderful family who loves her very much. And my ten year old said, “well even if we never meet, I can be a friend.” Angels are all around.

  • andrew

    i have to say i thought i was a great dad but i dont know if i would have got on a stage and danced like he did with such love and care he had from an american soldier i solute you for being a loving father and one hell of a man god bless brother

  • Ken q

    If people loved and cared as much as this father does for his daughter the world would be a better place, my heart goes out to the both of you.

  • glenn johnson

    ive never cried like this before that being said It was the most beautiful dance a daughter and daddy could ever have I don’t have a lot of money right now but I have a feeling money is coming my way soon as soon as it does I will send as much as I can for your baby girl god bless the greatest daddy on the planet and his darling daughter god bless and may your dance last forever

  • Damian

    Wow. If that isn’t a message to all of us Dads who think we are doing a great job, I don’t know what is. That has truly inspired me to be a better man.

  • Katherine therrien

    hi my name is Katherin Therrien and I am a mother myself and you are amazing parents . you brought tears to my eyes as well , you will inspire parents all around the world . It is nice to know that there are people out there like your self in this world

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