IT really will be a dream come true for this brave Blackpool schoolgirl when she goes to watch the UDO (United Dance Organisation) Live event on Sunday.
After a tough start in life, Kerrie Wilkinson’s mum Kim felt she deserved a treat – so she arranged for the 10-year-old to get the chance to meet stars of the show Diversity and little Ronan Parke, the 12-year-old who wowed judges and the nation with his performances on Britain’s Got Talent.
Kerrie’s dream is being made possible thanks to charity Dreams Come True, which aims to make the dreams of seriously and terminally ill children across the country come true.
Kerrie was born with nephrosis of her kidneys, which left her with only about 29 per cent function in one of them.
It was discovered she had the kidney problem at just 16 weeks old.
A blockage resulted in her kidney becoming damaged, and her being on medication for life.
Since she was born Kerrie has been constantly in and out of hospital and undergone major surgery.
She has to take antibiotics to try to prevent any urine or kidney infections, which could prove dangerous for the Waterloo Primary School pupil.
She has to undergo frequent blood tests, have her blood pressure checked and be regularly monitored, to check she is well and her kidneys are not suffering further damage.
Kerrie faces the possibility of further surgery in the future if her kidney function deteriorates.
Proud Kim, of St Helier’s Road, South Shore, said: “She is very brave. It has been tough for her. She has to spend a lot of time in hospital, having needles, taking medication, having tests.
“She has been through a lot more than most children her age, so I thought it would be nice for her to have a treat like this.
“Kerrie is absolutely thrilled about getting to meet Diversity and little Ronan.
“It means so much to her, and to me, because of the way things have been for her.
“She’s sort of got used to being in hospital now. She tries not to let it hold her back. She does get aches and pains and she also suffers from asthma, so sometimes things can be miserable for her.
“She’s had to have time off school for surgery. She had a stent put in – most children haven’t experienced anything like this.”
Meeting some of her favourite pop stars will be a dream come true for Kerrie, as she loves singing herself.
Kim added: “She loves music. She loves singing, she loves being in performances at school.
“I’ve taken her to see shows and groups performing and she really enjoys it.
“She can’t wait to meet Diversity.
“We’re really grateful for the charity for helping make one of her dreams come true.”
Diversity were due to headline at the special Michael Jackson tribute show on Sunday at The Opera House, alongside a line-up of other singers and dancers, including Ronan Parke and New Bounce, from Britain’s Got Talent, and Chris & Wes, Alleviate and Turbo from Sky’s Got To Dance.
Sadly due to injuries, Diversity will no longer be able to dance in the show, but, in order to not disappoint fans, they will be hosting the event instead.
David Gore, marketing manager at The Winter Gardens, said: “The United Dance Organisation and ourselves are delighted to have been able to help Kerrie and her family meet Diversity and enjoy what should be a fantastic evening at The Opera House.”
Tickets for the Tribute To Michael Jackson concert are available from the Winter Gardens box office.