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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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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


Kennedy I love to dance too and your story inspired me to make a difference I'm just not quite how yet. Keep on dreaming.

December 13, 2012 - 7:39 AM


hi kennedy! okay so i don't know if you will end up reading this, but if you do, i hope it makes you as happy as i was when i was watching tv and the blue bunny commercial came on about some little girl with the same name and interest came up with ballerinas. yes my name is kennedy too. i'm from north carolina and im 13 years old, i love to dance and i've danced since i was really little!!! after i watched the commercial i saw your youtube video and it made me so so sad! i began making instagram and twitter awareness post for LKS. you are so so brave and my prayers as well as my friends and family go out to you and your family and the other families struggling with similar situations you are a beautiful little girl and that will get you so far when your bigger!!!! stay strong baby girl

May 15, 2013 - 12:58 PM



You're a strong young girl. You've gone through so much and yet you stayed so hopeful. I think your story is simply amazing. Stay strong darling <3

November 04, 2013 - 11:24 AM

Barbara H.

Absolutely wonderful story. Joyous. Thanks for sharing.

November 21, 2013 - 1:13 PM


Kennedy, what a beautiful girl you are! Thank you so much for sharing this incredibly touching story.

December 01, 2013 - 3:44 PM


thank you jesus! thanks to the lord for kennedys healing

December 16, 2013 - 8:06 PM


What a touching story! Kennedy you are a real inspiration to all of us. Hope you are fine and that all you dream will come true!

May 20, 2014 - 1:51 AM

hillary et anissa

Oh ! your story is so touchy ! you are an exemple for sick people we are amazed about your courage and you strength . You give hope to the little girls who wouldlike to fulfil their dreams
Thanks for sharing your amazing story !.

May 23, 2014 - 5:03 AM

Agathe and Adele

Dear Kennedy,

We think you are the strongest young girl we know. Your story is so touching because it reminds us of our little sisters. You are an example for everyone and your dream is so wonderful.
You deserve all the happiness of the world.
Enjoy your life !
Kiss from Paris ! <3

Agathe and Adele <3

May 23, 2014 - 5:11 AM


Oh god! What a touching story! Kennedy, you're such a strong, courageous and hopeful little girl. Keep smiling on! I hope your life can be better and you can be a great ballerina! I'm sure I'll see you on stage someday! ;)

May 23, 2014 - 5:17 AM

maya o.

Sweet Kennedy,

Your courage and your strength have helped a lot of people.
I'm sure that your parents are very proud of you and we are too. You are and you have been a real ballerina who have danced to fight the diseases.
Stay who you are.
Love, Océane and Maya <3

May 23, 2014 - 5:23 AM


Hello Kennedy, Your story is absolutely inspirational I am so glad you got through all of your surgeries and can live an awesome life now , I am so happy that you don't look at the bad side of things and yo are always positive. Thanks for the awesome, inspirational story.

June 15, 2014 - 7:54 PM


i will pray for her

September 11, 2014 - 6:38 PM


made me tear up. this is the sweetest. she is so cute

April 16, 2015 - 12:18 PM

Samantha K

I am a dancer myself, and had read your story. I have been dancing for eleven years. One of my dance teachers is a famous Russian dancer. She can be noticed in older newspapers. Her name is Mrs. Julia. She is the one that had inspired me to become a ballerina. My studio had gone to nationals. Nationals is a type of competition, it is the biggest one that my studio goes too. It's is located in Wisconsin Dells. Back to the point, Mrs. Julia is amazing and one of her dances had won the whole entire competition with one of her ballet dances. They got the highest score over all, competing against/over 700 dances. One other cool things is I had won national with one of my old teams. At my studio we have teams with different names. My teams name was Starfire. We won nationals in the preteen category for jazz.
The real reason why I am writing is because, I wanted you to meet me and my ballerina teacher Mrs. Julia. :)

~Samantha K

May 04, 2015 - 6:57 AM

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