Sunday, June 12, 2011

Miss USA Contestants Team Up with 'Best Buddies'

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Nearly 300 bone fractures hasn't kept 8-year-old Dan McCarty from becoming something of a celebrity.
The third grader, who suffers from brittle bone disease, took center stage at a Saturday event for Miss USA contestants, performing a song with Miss Kentucky that they had written together.
Despite just healing from a broken left arm, Dan learned to play guitar two days ago and seemed to be no amateur, earning chants of "Dan the Man" and plenty of wild applause for his rap portion of the duet.
The open mic show was part of an event for Best Buddies, a nonprofit group that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Miss USA contestants joined them for the morning to play video games, paint, hula hoop and eat breakfast in the Celebrity Ballroom at Planet Hollywood Resort.

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