Meet our Riley Kid of the Week for this week – Mackenzie O’Brien! Mackenzie tells us a little bit about herself, as well as her Riley story, below.
I’m Mackenzie. I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. I love softball, school, dance, and volunteering as well. I’m from Brookston, Indiana, which is about two hours from Indianapolis. This year will be my sixth dance marathon. When I grow up, I either want to be a pathologist or a detective for the CIA. My favorite books are the Gallagher Girls, Divergent, and The Hunger Games. My favorites movies are Frozen, because of Olaf. I also like Divergent because of Tris, and School of Rock because of Jack Black. I’m planning on graduating early and going to Yale University to get my degree.
When I was 1 year old, my dad discovered a weird bump on my kidney. When my parents took me to the doctor’s office, they discovered that I had Willem’s tumor in my kidney. They got it out, but 2 years later they discovered a different tumor in my other kidney. They got that one out too and now all I have is 1/3 of a kidney left, but I am completely cured.
Mackenzie was unable to attend PUDM last year but will be joining us this year and we are so excited to see her and her family!