After wanting to learn ballroom dancing for many years, Linda decided to take lessons. After looking at various studios, she chose Extraordinary Ballroom, because of Terry’s one fee dance plan and because he donates 100 percent of his fee to charity.
When Terry asked what charity Linda supported, she told him Rady Children’s Hospital. Then, she told him Mykenzi’s story.
In 2006, Trish and Matt (Linda’s son) were awaiting the birth of their daughter and, unfortunately, there were complications.
Their baby had been diagnosed, in utero, with Turner syndrome, a chromosomal abnormality that meant she had only a one in 100 chance of making it to full term. Despite the odds, Mykenzi was born at Rady Children’s Hospital, a designated pediatric trauma center, in July, 2006.
At birth, Mykenzi’s diagnosis was she had three heart defects restricting blood flow to her lower extremities, creating multiple issues throughout her body. Those defects required immediate surgery.
Since then, despite multiple surgeries and a daily regimen of required medications, Mykenzi has been a whirlwind of energy and a bright, happy child.
Today, Mykenzi is a vibrant young lady and the embodiment of an Extraordinary Miracle.
Eventually; however, one of Mykenzi’s heart defects, an aortic valve, will fail and require replacement surgery. The hope is when it’s time for valve replacement, better and longer lasting options will be available. These options require funded research and financial support for care centers like Rady Children’s Hospital.
A miracle is “an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs.” By contributing to charities through Extraordinary Ballroom Dance Studio, Terry hopes to play a small role in assisting life’s miracles.