SYTYCD contestant surprises girl who has genetic disease
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SUNRISE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida native and "So You Think You Can Dance" contestant surprised a little girl who is battling an incurable disease.
Tiffany Maher of Plantation visited the kids of Broadway Kids Studio at Markum Park on Saturday. One of the kids is five-year-old Madison Smith of Pembroke Pines.
Madison suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic neuromuscular disease that makes it difficult for her to crawl, walk and even swallow. Her mother arranged for her daughter to meet the dancer. "Well my friend owns SFX and Tiffany grew up dancing there," said Jennifer Smith, "and so as a local we've been following tiffany and hanging out and going to the watch parties and boating."
Maher said surprising Madison is one of her best experiences. "This is incredible being her today," she said. "Just the smile on her face when I look at her is just incredible."
Madison's mother said there's nothing better in the world than to watch your child's face light up to their favorite idols. "My heart was so happy and I just started crying, because I could see the look on Madison's face," said Jennfier Smith. "She was just so happy like, 'Oh my gosh, I'm seeing one of my idols.'"
Madison was diagnosed with SMA in 2006 and has no use of her legs. She has never been able to walk or crawl since then.
If you would like to help Madison, go to "Madison's Wish" at http://www.madisonswish.com/
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