One Powerful Voice: Meet a 13-Year-Old Who Will Inspire You

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On Dec. 31, Singer Andi Jones brought down the house – and melted the hearts of more than 70,000 people

Full of spirit and style, by nearly all accounts, Andi Jones is a typical 13-year-old girl. She goes to school with her friends, makes funny videos of her dog, is an all-star softball player and lives outside of Atlanta with her family. She loves music – all kinds of music – and sings classical, country, pop, even opera. 

But life changed in 2012 when Jones, a singer, received an ironic medical diagnosis: ciliary dyskinesia, a genetic disorder that causes chronic, and sometimes life-threatening, respiratory issues. Not limited by her illness, Jones continues to sing and holds on to big dreams of a bright future – namely, to become a famous singer that goes by “AKJ.” 

On Dec. 31, 2016, with the help of Make-A-Wish Georgia®, Jones took on her biggest stage yet: the field of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Singing “God Bless America” in front of more than 70,000 people was no match for Jones, whose ultimate wish is to perform a full-scale concert in Spring 2017.

Get to know the bravery – and beauty – of Andi Jones.

 You can donate to Jones’ ultimate wish at georgia.wish.org/Wish4Andi, or cheer her on using the hashtag #Wish4Andi.

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