McKenzie Michelle Carey was born weighing just over eight pounds. 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 dancing for pageants, thanks to her awesome dad, Mike Carey.