Saturday, June 21, 2014

Quite possibly the greatest dad of all time.

Courtesy of WTVR:  

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.

Let me honest and admit that I saw this video two days ago but was so overcome with emotion I could not type up a post. 

I'm doing better today, but still struggling to see the keys.

However if this man can do this for his little girl, I think I can manage to power through and help him share it with the world. 


  1. Chenagrrl4:15 AM

    Tears in my cornflakes. Loved the look on her face. And the music was perfect. Wasn't familiar with "The Climb," but am new fan.

  2. Anonymous4:41 AM

    Heartbreaking, yet awe inspiring. True love. All children should know it.

  3. Anonymous5:41 AM

    That was beautiful Gryphen. Thanks for the tears.

  4. Anonymous5:53 AM

    I woke up this morning very depressed. I had received news that was upsetting. I coudn't stand the thought of reading my usual blogs HP, TPM, PoliticuUsa, Malia, and my favorite IM. Usually read in the order above. Today I went straight my favorite and opened this story first. Thank you Gryohen, for lifting a weight from my heart and shoulders after watching this beautiful spot. In these very depressing times it is good to see examples of the good in others and help us remember that all is not lost, we will survive!


  5. Anonymous5:56 AM

    Too many kids have dads or moms who flee from their responsibility of normal parental duties. Some think it is too hard to pay their child support, or take the time to be involved or spend time with their kids doing what the kids what to do. Too many parents are so busy telling the kids to tow the line or get lost. Too many GLBT kids are thrown out into the streets for failing to meet their parents' expectations. How wonderful it is to see a father not only meet his parental obligations, but is there to see his daughter thrive as best she can.

  6. Anonymous6:09 AM

    I love the look on the dad's face. It says to me...."don't look at me, I am invisible. Just look at my daughter dancing!"
    Love and beauty.

  7. Anonymous6:41 AM

    Beautiful! What a loving father & daughter relationship!

  8. Anonymous7:38 AM

    Lovely and inspiring!!!!! For every skank or gun nut or rwnj post gryph I think you need to post a counter to them like this one. Just to show there are those who inspire a vibrant life and those who wish to pull everyone down into darkness.
    Bravo for the daddy and daughter!! Both show amazing courage and class. Now that is a vibrant life lived!!!!

  9. Anonymous11:39 AM

    I'm only sniffling because of my allergies, right, right?

    Seriously, thank you for sharing this with us. I had a rough week and I really needed this. So inspiring.

    Jennifer K

  10. Like most of us hard hearted cynics, I was completely undone by this video. I did a little research into this family and discovered McKenzie has been responding very well to hyperbaric oxygen chamber treatments, but they are not covered by insurance. (And they are expensive as hell)

    McKenzie's mom set up a fundraiser and it has of course exploded overnight due to this video going viral. I'm posting it here in case anyone wants to contribute to this fund- the costs of maintaining the child's quality of life will only increase; she will never need LESS than she does now, only more.

    I know most of us are not on the same page with this family in terms of theology and politics. However, I also know that if this was my child, I would desperately hope for anyone to help me, even if one has to reach across religious and political lines to do so.

    I am SO moved by this video! How I know he was dancing for her? He didn't dress up...he wore a ratty old tee and jeans. He didn't want people to look at him; he wanted Mckenzie to be THE star of the show. And he obviously worked very hard on the timing and choreography for the dance. I agree with Gryphen's assessment- best dad ever!

    1. Anita Winecooler6:39 PM

      Thanks for the link and your moving comment.

  11. Anita Winecooler6:52 PM

    Embrace the tears, or just chalk it up to sweaty eyeballs. We take so much for granted in our day to day lives. Clean water, food to eat, a car to drive, feet and legs that support us enough that we can walk. A bed to sleep in,etc.
    The things we take for granted, other's don't have, yet they keep their families and marriage in tact because they love their child unconditionally, as every parent should.
    He's the Best Dad in the World!!!

  12. Her beautiful smile was the real prize on stage. Thank you for bringing it to your readers!

  13. dlbvet7:40 AM

    Thank you for this. I can't type well through the tears, but I just wanted to say thank you for letting us glimpse some of the good in this world. I've been tuning out again as it just seems so overwhelmingly depressing some days.
    This family and the way in which they meet life head-on brings into focus what's important.
    I will try to remember this father and his unabashed love for his cherished, adored daughter and use it as a touchstone for all that is good in this world of ours.

  14. She may be non-verbal but she is hardly non-responsive. You can see her smiling and beaming. She is perfectly aware of her Dad and their dance.

    What a great Dad she has. Thanks to modern technology, they'll have a permanent record of this to last for all time. I love how people now are able to use video, computers, the internet, etc. to record these special times of their life, share them and keep them forever.

  15. The mitochondria do more than make energy, they also help clear toxins and that build up of toxins contributes to the illnesses. Lack of energy from mitochondrial dysfunction is being shown to be connected to a long list of diseases ranging from mild to severe symptoms. I wonder what she is eating because that is crucial.


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