Dad lifts daughter from wheelchair, dances with her at pageant

DALLAS, Ga. — Daddy-daughter dances often leave us grabbing for a tissue. This one is no exception.

McKenzie Carey, 12, has had mitochondrial disease since early childhood and is wheelchair-bound. Her father, Mike, wanted to help her perform at a summer pageant.

In the video, Mike dances with McKenzie in her wheelchair to Miley Cyrus’ song “The Climb.”

The video was posted on YouTube on June 17 and has been watched over 3 million times.

For more information about McKenzie, visit

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  • Me,Myself and I

    This is something that makes your heart burst with smiles and love! God Bless this dancing duo! What a fantastic dad and beautiful little girl!

  • Sandra

    oh just the smile on that beautiful little girls face Daddy you know you made her one happy young lady! God Bless you both! not many daddys would take the time to make something so special for their little ones!

  • Victoria

    What a great Dad! This was the best father and daughter activity I’ve seen ever….I loved it so happy right now:)

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