Nearly 100 children from around the world will participate in the opening ceremony for the Olympic Summer Games. And 9-year-old Kenya Delgado, who is from North Texas, will be one of them.
Thanks to the Ronald McDonald House charity, Kenya, her family, and her best friend, 12-year-old April Borjas, are all heading to Rio.
Almost a year ago, Kenya's family packed up all of their belongings and left Fort Worth for Minnesota so that Kenya's youngest brother Anton could receive medical treatment. Anton was fighting a rare disease, epidermolysis bullosa.
After 10 months of treatment, 5-year old Anton passed away. During that time, both Kenya and April became closer.
"I just got to see something so beautiful come out of something really tragic," said Vanessa Delgado, Kenya's mother.
Both girls are a part of the McDonald's Olympics Kids Program, which celebrates friendship. Kenya and April will also have a special presence at the opening ceremony.
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"I definitely think that will be the highlight of the her trip, but spending time with April will take the cake. I will pick April up on July 26 and bring her here cause we're going to all fly out together so I think that they will have a blast and be inseparable I'm sure," said Kenya's mom.
McDonald's has sent children to the Olympics before, but this is the first year that the children will walk in the Opening Ceremony.