Below is what McKenzie shared at the concert in Sept 2009:
Hey everybody my name is McKenzie! I am Bonnie’s daughter! I want to start off by saying thank you for coming!!! It means a lot to us.
My mom is probably the most amazing, beautiful, courageous person I know! She is my Best friend and more importantly the best mom! I am so thankful to God for putting her in my life!
There are so many things I love about my mom like her sense of humor, her caring heart, and her amazing fashion sense. I think we can all agree she looks really pretty tonight!
But my mom has always been so glamorous. One memory I have of her is when I was really little and she would take me shopping I would sometimes get lost in the big department stores and being so small I couldn’t see over the clothes racks and I always would just look for her big blonde puffy hair.
My mom always knows how to make me feel so special! I love when she takes me to fancy restaurants for lunch and to Scottsdale to go shopping. But I guess that’s one of the perks of being an only child J she always makes me feel like a princess.
But my favorite memory I have with her is last summer when we went shopping then to see the movie Mamma Mia! We both had such a good time! I’ll probably never forget that day.
Not only is mom beautiful on the outside she is a beautiful person on the inside as well. She is always bringing smiles to others faces and sharing her love for Christ to others that’s one thing I look up to her for.
She is such a strong person too! I never have once seen my mom cry she has gone through more struggles than I could imagine and still she keeps her head up high and continues to love God.
And she is always there for me when I need help whether it’s with drama at school, boy problems or even what outfit I should wear! She has better advice than any of my friends could give me.
All these memories I have with her are only the first chapter of the book of memories yet to come. I love you so much mom you’re the best mom I could ever ask for and I’m so proud of you with all that you have gone through with being sick and still being able to take care of me and dad. I know you can fight this because I’ve seen you do it before. Thank you so much for all that you do it really means so much to me!!
I love you mom.