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Kennedy meets real ballerinas

“ There is hope in dark times. ”


- Kennedy's dad

It’s the night before Kennedy’s third brain surgery. Her parents, Jaci and Tait, are tense. “What if?” questions fill their minds.

That night, Make-A-Wish® volunteers arrive. They’re going to find out Kennedy’s one true wish – the one thing in the woKennedy wished to meet real ballerinasrld that can help her through all that lies ahead. Soon, Kennedy is so wrapped up in the possibilities that she no longer thinks about her surgery. Her parents join her in daring to look past tomorrow, and instead look further to the future.

Kennedy’s answer: I wish to meet real ballerinas “because I like to dance.”

Times of Challenge and Doubt

The seizures started when Kennedy was 3 years old. Being diagnosed with a life-threatening neurological condition changed everything about her life. It affected her hearing. Her weight nearly doubled because of her medication. She felt isolated from other kids, Jaci says. She would see children at a playground, but couldn’t play along with them because of the pain from her treatments.

Jaci can’t forget the angst and doubt before the first surgery. The procedure required part of Kennedy’s skull to be removed. What would the surgery do to her personality?

The Return of the Real Kennedy

Today, the real Kennedy is back. She can hear. She can dance. And her smile? Back and bigger than ever. The memories of seeing a live ballet and meeting the ballerinas live on for her family. The experience is their reminder that there is always hope during a dark time, and that they’re never alone.

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June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

Peter

Kennedy You inspired me with your courage and your dream of being a ballerina. Your wonderful story helped me forget about my daily concerns which mean little when I read about you and see your bright smile. I am praying for you and your family and know that you will one day be a great ballerina or any great thing you desire to be. God bless you.

October 05, 2012 - 4:43 PM

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