Tuesday, July 22, 2014

McKenzie's Hope

You know those chain letters you'd sometimes get in your mailbox which threatened dire consequences if you didn't pass them on, which you sometimes begrudgingly did just because there was just the teensiest bit of doubt in your mind that you'd drop dead the next day if you didn't? (I hated those!), well sometimes equally abhorrent is receiving at work a link to a tear-jerking video you can’t help yourself but view. You click on the link, view it, and then look like a total loser as tears run down your face, your nose starts to drip, and if you’re like me, your face gets all red and splotchy.

Well, don’t hate me, but I’m going to share just one of those videos with you, which dummy that I am I viewed to the expected results. Nonetheless, though I’m sorry to do it to you, this is just too beautiful not to share. Be prepared to cry but please watch this incredibly moving video. It epitomizes what it means to be a great dad. OMG, it is such a knot in your throat-type of beautiful, that I’m tearing up just typing this.

In the video, Mike Carney lifts his 12-year-old daughter McKenzie from her wheelchair and performs a heartwarming dance set during a summer pageant.

Now here is where all your tears will have been worth it. You see McKenzie has been diagnosed with a type of mitochondrial disease, which is life threatening, and the family travels more than 500 miles to Florida from Georgia for specialized treatments, which she has been responding to well. Unfortunately her insurance doesn't cover those treatments, but you can help out by making a donation at McKenzie’s Hope on Go Fund Me.