“Kaylin! Kaylin! Kaylin!”
Cheers erupted as 8-year-old Kaylin exited her limo and made her way through the crowded halls of Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA). More than one hundred of her cheering fans were waiting for selfies and autographs as Kaylin prepared for the performance of a lifetime.
As she stepped into the spotlight, her family and friends knew what this moment meant to the girl who has been battling a gastrointestinal disorder since birth. Days and months are spent in and out of the hospital, for 16 hours a day she is hooked up to a nutritional pack and time is often spent away from loved ones.
Although difficult and draining, treatment is where Kaylin learned about her latest passion. It was by chance a musical therapist stopped into her hospital room one day and Kaylin fell in love with singing and the way music provided an outlet for her pain.
Now, in front of her most dedicated fans, she was able to sing and dance to six of her favorite songs. Students from OCSA’s MONTAGE! Group served as her band, backup dancers and singers.
Kaylin’s performance was met with a standing ovation along with many tears and smiles.
“Thank you for being my fans. It means so much to me,” Kaylin said as she took her final bow.
A huge thank you to Orange County School of the Arts, Joe Yakob Films and Brett Padelford Photography for making Kaylin’s wish special.