Carissa was born with spina bifida, which is a neural tube defect that occurs when the spinal column fails to close completely before birth. The condition has left Carissa with severe mobility limitations. She must wear leg braces and requires a wheelchair for distance. In addition, Carissa has hydrocephalus, a condition which causes fluid to build up around the brain.
She wanted to meet Kelly Clarkson more than anything and that’s just what happened. After a pampering spa treatment, Carissa was driven in a limousine to the venue where Kelly Clarkson was performing a concert later in the evening. Before the concert, Carissa got to sit down and spend some quality time with the “American Idol” star and the two really hit it off. Carissa even got to attend Kelly’s concert and had a wonderful time!