Audrey Dethery is just 6 years old, but is already suffering from an incurable disease. Audrey might be only six years old but that doesn’t prevent her from stealing our hearts during this International Zumba Convention. Audrey was invited to the convention to help spread awareness about Diamond Blackfan Anemia (DBA), a life threatening bone marrow disease.
Diamond-Blackfan anemia is a disorder of the bone marrow. The major function of bone marrow is to produce new blood cells. In Diamond-Blackfan anemia, the bone marrow malfunctions and fails to make enough red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the body’s tissues. The resulting shortage of red blood cells (anemia) usually becomes apparent during the first year of life. Symptoms of anemia include fatigue, weakness, and an abnormally pale appearance (pallor).
Approximately half of individuals with Diamond-Blackfan anemia have physical abnormalities. Audrey may have some of those physical deformities, but it does not prevent her from doing the things she wants to do. Her positive outlook on life and her love for Zumba are apparent and left a lasting impression on the hearts of many.
Hopefully, by raising awareness people will donate to research and a cure for this disease will be found. In the meantime, what a precious memory for them to participate in this Zumba conference!
She obviously loves Zumba!