DALLAS -- Galas, banquets and red carpets are usually reserved for the stars of Hollywood, right? Well, not today.
This time, the spotlight is on kids overcoming tough times. And thanks to the organization Night of Superstars, Mia Redman was treated to the VIP treatment here at NewsFix.
On the surface, Mia is an athletic teenager who loves track and barrel racing. But one day, her world was turned upside down.
"I was in the middle of a run, and I went around the first barrel, my belt got caught. And then around the second barrel, my belt had broken, but I was still leaned over and my horse completed the pattern to the third barrel and ran home,” Mia told NewsFix.
“She wasn't going to stop, so my mom ran in the alleyway, waved her hand, so she would stop. My mama couldn't get me off of the saddle, because I was so seized up. A couple weeks later, we went in for a colonoscopy, and that’s when we found out that I had Crohn's and IBS throughout my whole entire colon."
Along with the trials and tribulations of being a junior in high school, Mia goes through weekly Sub-Q infusions and bi-monthly injections for Crohn's disease.
But as we learned first-hand during her visit, she's not letting the disease get the best of her, especially when it comes to the thing she loves the most.
"Nothing can really take riding away from me. I’ve been riding since I was seven.”
Mia and 19 other kids battling disabling conditions are set to be honored at the Night of Superstars event on Saturday.
And Mia told us, it will be one of the only times she gives up her riding boots for a pair of heels!
"You can overcome it by striving for something better and really you end up with something positive in the end."
And that's something we can all agree on.