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 princess.” 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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