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Lee Ann Womack joined the lineup for the annual MDA Show of Strength Telethon and her performance made the event even more memorable for one special young lady.
Lee Ann, who was asked to fill in for another artist, performed her multiweek No. 1 hit "I Hope You Dance" for the audience, which included 8-year-old Reagan Imhoff. Reagan suffers from spinal muscular atrophy and has always dreamed of being a dancer. She captivated the crowd with her appearance as a butterfly at the 2012 telethon.
Lee Ann honored Reagan's passion for the art of dance with her performance of "I Hope You Dance" as Reagan, reprising her butterfly role, watched from the stage. Singing the song for Reagan proved especially touching for Lee Ann. "Here was the prettiest little girl in a wheelchair, with other dancers around her, being a butterfly," Lee Ann related in a release about the event. "When you see something like that, it gives you both hope and conviction. I have sung that song for presidents, at the concert for the Nobel Peace Prize," added Lee Ann, "but looking off that stage and seeing Reagan watching us really gave that song a whole new meaning. It was an honor to sing 'I Hope You Dance' for her."
The MDA Show of Strength Telethon, which benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association and its mission, will air Sunday, Sept. 1, at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.