Team Ally Foundation Kid "Mackenzie Barron"

August 14, 2018

     On Sunday August 12th, the town of Waxhaw was involved in
a fairy tale fit for royalty to honor 3 year old Mackenzie
Barron. Just a few short months ago Mackenzie hit her head
and was taken to the emergency room where she had a CAT
scan that revealed a very rare form of brain cancer called
DIPG. DIPG is inoperable and uncurable. Mackenzie will be
completing her final round of radiation this week and will be
going to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in September to
participate in a clinical trial.
     When Preston Davis with the The Team Ally Foundation saw
Mackenzie’s story on social media he immediately knew that
they needed to make her a Team Ally Kid! The Team Ally
Foundation was started after Preston’s daughter Ally battled
Lymphoma and decided she wanted to give back and make
other children going through the same cancer journey feel as
special as others made her feel. The Team Ally Foundation
contacted Amanda Basinger with the Miss Charlotte
Mecklenburg Organization, a local franchise of Miss North
Carolina and Miss America, and asked if she could make
some “princess magic” happen for this sweet little girl! The
Make A Wish Foundation will be sending the Barron Family to
Disney World the end of August and it was the vision of the
Team Ally Foundation to send her to Disney as a “real live
     Amanda contacted several local area churches and
immediately received a response from Five Stones Church of
Waxhaw who graciously opened not only their facility but their
hearts to partner and make this event an amazing memory for
Mackenzie and her family.

The afternoon started with the Barron family arriving at Five
Stones in a pink limousine driven by Waxhaw’s very own
Officer Vic of the Waxhaw Police Department. They were then
taken into the facility where they were greeted by several
Disney Princesses and local Miss North Carolina titleholders
who traveled from all over the state to celebrate Mackenzie.
The Church was transformed into a castle and the family
enjoyed an intimate princess tea party in the auditorium and
then were joined by approximately 700 members of the Five
Stones congregation for a Royal Coronation Ceremony!
During the program the Miss North Carolina Organization
bestowed upon Mackenzie an official title and crowned her
Miss North Carolina Honorary Carolina Princess. During the
emotionally charged service the family was prayed for,
several Miss NC titleholders performed, and the program
ended with video messages from Miss North Carolina Laura
Matrazzo, former Miss Americas Betty Cantrell Maxwell and
Heather Henry French, and Tim Tebow wishing Princess
Mackenzie lots of love and encouragement.
After the ceremony, Princess Mackenzie had a photo session
and was the escorted down a red carpet to a horse and
carriage as the Parkwood High School horn section and
drummer played a processional march. The Barron family
were taken on a parade route through the town of Waxhaw
escorted by the Waxhaw Police Department and The
Hometown Heroes motorcyclists, where over 2,000 members
of the community lined the streets with signs, balloons, Pom
poms, bubbles, and more to show their love to the area’s
newest royalty!
     It was an incredible day for this community to come together
and make a magical memory for a special little girl!

Images courtesy of: Katey Knight - Hot Rod Chic Photography
































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