The Sweetest Thing: Dad Helps Disabled Daughter Fly Through Dance (Watch)

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

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.

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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.”


Get more info on McKenzie:

Hope for McKenzie (GoFundMe)


Mike Walsh June 27, 2014 at 01:00 AM
A few mechanical problems, yes. But there's nothing worng with her heart. The little girl lifts dad as much as he lifts her. Beautiful video.
Cain Harris July 02, 2014 at 06:44 AM
The Heart of a Lion! God Bless this family.
catherine July 04, 2014 at 02:27 PM
You know...I disagree with all you who think this is so sweet. I think it stinks big time They signed her up for beauty pageants so she could make friends. Really? So...does she talk about her pageant clothes with her friends? No? Does she talk about her talent? No again? NO because she can't talk, she does not HAVE pageant clothes and her "talent" is nonexistent. . this poor unfortunate child is being held up to public ridicule and made an object of pity so DADDY gets praised. I would praise him too if he did this dancing at home or in the park...but a beauty pageant? NO...daddy is a show off and I feel so sorry for this kid. Beauty pageants are BIG business...and those kids are serious serious serious....this kid is an object of pity and most definitely nothing more. It is disgusting. she has not made any friends at any beauty pageant because she can' interact with anyone. DADDY may have made a few friends...nothing more.
Maggie Cabral July 14, 2014 at 07:04 AM
This is the only way to raise funds, My fund raiser has failed for 2 reasons no talent just laying in bed and no Daddy or anyone to help. After all my Dad was the worst who I had to disown for the unspeakable form of abuse after exposing my Moms disabilty for his agenda to abuse us kids. I wish I had grown up with My Mother and her Father My Grandfather, Taken from a good home to a living hell which I never recovered from the abuse. I wish I had a Dad like this girl has but I don't .
Cain Harris July 14, 2014 at 10:13 AM
Catherine, didn't you ever tell you, if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all?you have no idea what kind of pageant this father has his daughter signed up for. Perhaps all the children are disabled or special needs?


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