I Was Totally Unprepared for When She Came on Stage, and by 1:30, I Was Bawling! This Dance…

McKenzie Carey was born April 20, 2002, and to all appearances was a beautiful, healthy baby girl. But within her cells, mitochondria – responsible for producing energy for the body to thrive and grow – were diseased, failing to actually sustain her. She should be dead, but by prayer and medicine, at age 12, Kenzie is still growing with her dad. And for the summer pageantfest, there was another mountain to climb. Enter dad, helping her with the climb.

This dance is perhaps the most beautiful, simple expression of love between father and daughter being shared with all the people around.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.
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