Two sisters, Christina and Ali, have the deadly lung disease known as cystic fibrosis. They had the opportunity recently to appear on the Wednesday night airing of “America’s Got Talent.” The girls are ages 13 and 20. The girls have been told since they were young that their disease would prevent them from singing.
Apparently, that is not the case. The girls wondered if they would survive their cystic fibrosis long enough to be able to appear on stage. On top of that hurdle, being able to sing once on there was another concern. But their determination and faith led them to their goal on stage, where they performed the Miley Cyrus song “The Climb.”
The judges were captivated by their performance. A unanimous decision by the judge panel will send the girls on to Las Vegas, where they will compete for the championship title for “America’s Got Talent.” Only a few years ago, victims with cystic fibrosis rarely survived their elementary school years. Thanks to research advancements and earlier diagnosis methods, half of the sufferers of this disease live to be 18 years of age or older. It is heartwarming to see two young girls pursuing their dream, even if the face of such adversity; we all have something to learn from them.