Father's Dance With Wheelchair-Bound Daughter Will Bring You to Tears

This video of a Dallas, Ga., dad dancing with his wheelchair-bound daughter will leave you speechless.

Mike and McKenzie Carey. YouTube screenshot
Mike and McKenzie Carey. YouTube screenshot

by Scott Bernarde

Dallas, Ga. – A Georgia father’s on-stage dance with his wheelchair-bound daughter may be the sweetest thing you’ll see today.

A tear-jerking YouTube video showing Mike Carey of Dallas, Ga., dancing with McKenzie, 12, at a beauty pageant has gone viral on the Internet, drawing more than 3.3 million views as of 11 a.m. Monday, June 23.  The dance performed to “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus had Dad sweeping his daughter up out of her wheelchair, dancing with her around the stage, and holding her high above his head.

 “We got a standing ovation from everyone,” mother Tammy Carey told TheBlaze.com. “There was not a dry eye in the place.”

The video was shot during a pageant earlier this month in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Tammy Carey said she has been entering her daughter in pageants since she was 5 to help her meet new friends. McKenzie, aka “Kenzie,” suffers from mitochondrial disease, which has left her in a wheelchair and unable to speak.

The disease impacts mitochondria, which is responsible for creating 90 percent of the energy to sustain life, according to McKenziesHope.com, a webpage devoted to supporting the girl’s battle with the disease.

A GoFundMe donation page, Hope for McKenzie, also has been set up to help defray medical costs. That site has raised more than half of its $100,000 goal.

Tammy Carey said she did not want to enter McKenzie only in pageants for special needs children, but that also meant there would be a talent portion of the competition to plan. That’s when Dad came in. He choreographed the routines — about seven of them, including the most recent — and they been dancing together ever since.

A national pageant in Nebraska is next.

“If I get one person [inspired], it made the whole song and whole thing worthwhile,” Carey told ABC News. “It’s like an unspoken message. This dance is alike an unspoken testimony and shows bond and love between a father and daughter.”

HOLLY SIGMAN June 24, 2014 at 04:31 PM
Diane Schwartz Sato Kodelja June 24, 2014 at 04:34 PM
Watch out, Dad! With those long legs, she's going to be taller than you in no time! Our daughter...age 11, same circumstances, different diagnosis, is tube fed and went from skinny bean to 80 lbs...now we can't dance with her like we always did in the video, she's too big. :( We don't do pageants, we just have fun, and Veronica's chair is part of the action. Adapt and overcome!
Barbara Goswick June 24, 2014 at 09:33 PM
That was beautiful! Way to go Dad!! I don't know to many father's that would do that for their daughter's.
susan payne gato June 25, 2014 at 09:06 AM
Wonderful to see their achievements. Her support from her family, advancing technology, and the awareness and generosity of others has allowed her access to joys and fulfillment. A gentle reminder, please don't use the term " wheelchair-bound" it is inaccurate and an out of date term. Wheelchairs free many to enjoy life as it did for this father daughter team. It is many of the newly built homes and the remaining barriers in our communities that restrict us. Wheelchair user or mobility assisted person are two alternative terms.
Doug June 25, 2014 at 03:45 PM
Very most excellent


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