Celebrating her challenges: Makayla Earl turns 16, channels Audrey Hepburn

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - *Editor's note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there – which is why it's written in a personal way. Find this story and updates on all #MollysKids on her Facebook page.

Pearls, tiaras, robin-egg-blue shopping bags and black dresses.

Makayla Earl's mom says her daughter is a "timeless classic," just like Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's." The 1961 movie is the theme of Makayla's Sweet 16 party in July.

Makayla has not walked or talked since birth.

When she was six months she couldn't sit up on her own. Her mother, Heather, says the doctor sent Makayla to a developmental pediatrician. Two months later she started receiving occupational and physical therapy.

The crazy part is that many years and tests later, Heather says Makayla has never been diagnosed with anything. All tests are normal, even though it's obvious there are issues.

The doctors only tell Heather, "it's hereditary".

Her upcoming birthday is a big moment for Makayla. The pictures show party planning is underway. A Tiffany & Co. box-shaped cake has been ordered, blue M&M's have been personalized and a special gift for Makayla has been purchased (Hint: it came from Tiffany's).

Quite a birthday bash for a deserving girl.

There's only one thing that could make this special day even better, says Heather.

"Clay Aiken is my daughter's favorite person in the world," Heather said. "And she's never even met him. He keeps her going on the toughest of days."

Makayla fell in love with Clay after he was on "American Idol." She's seen every TV appearance, gone to two concerts, owns every CD and watches "Clay Aiken Christmas" every day. It's clear she's this North Carolina-superstar-turned-politician's biggest fan - even if she can't say so herself.

Makayla's party is July 25th at the Hilton in Rock Hill. Her friends and family are doing everything they can to make sure Clay knows and can make it.

I'll tag him in this post.

Hey Clay Aiken – let me know if you have any further questions. Makayla is one of #MollysKids, a pretty special group.

I mean, you never know.

As Audrey once said, "Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, 'I'm possible.'"

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