A proud dad reduced a pageant audience to tears when he scooped his disabled 12-year-old daughter from her wheelchair and danced with her to the Miley Cyrus hit 'The Climb'.
Mike Carey's heartwarming display of love for his 12-year-old daughter Kenzie has become an internet hit, attracting more than 4 million views, after it was posted to You Tube.
In the clip, which was filmed in Dallas, Georgia, proud Mike brings Kenzie on stage in a wheelchair and performs a moving routine.
He then scoops his daughter from her chair, dancing and raising her high above his head.
And at the end of the performance, dad Mike puts his smiling daughter back in the chair and lovingly kisses her cheek as the audience breaks into cheers.
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Kenzie has debilitating and life-threatening Mitochondrial disease which attacks body cells and in particular hurts her brain, heart and respiratory systems.
Although she isn't paralysed, the disease prevents her from walking and she is unable to communicate verbally, although her parents say they can understand her completely.
Dad Mike has been dancing with his daughter for several years, helping her participate in local pageants and do what other girls her age can do.
She and Mike have even won top prize in several competitions.
Mike remembered the first time he took Kenzie for a dance, saying: "I wheeled her up on the stage and I did a wheelie across the stage and I picked her up [to dance].
"I made up a dance in my head and the crowd went crazy."
Seeing the YouTube reaction, he said: "I'm like 'Holy cow where did this come from?'"
Mike is now planning on taking his daughter to a national pageant in Nebraska, hoping to raise awareness about the disease and cash to fund Kenzie's expensive medical treatments.
He added: "If I get one person inspired, it made the whole song and whole thing worthwhile."
Mum Tammy said: "Pageants give her the same opportunity as other children. She has won many titles in the past seven years and will continue competing. We are her voice and her legs.
"My husband started doing these dances with her to inspire people and she has inspired people and touched peoples hearts from all over the world."
Mitochondrial disease is a chronic, genetic disorder that occurs when the mitochondria of the cell fails to produce enough energy for cell or organ function.
If you want to help Kenzie, visit her GoFundMe page.
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