Louisville restaurant hosts 8th birthday for Audrey Nethery
She first caught the nation's attention when her wicked Zumba moves went viral on YouTube.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- She first caught the nation's attention when her wicked Zumba moves went viral on YouTube.
Since then, Audrey Nethery has been everywhere, including her fourth appearance on Rachel Ray just last week.
And, Thursday, she was the guest of honor at the newest Blaze Pizza location in the Paddock Shops, as the restaurant celebrated Audrey's 8th birthday.
When she was a baby, Audrey was diagnosed with a rare life-threatening bone marrow disease called Diamond Blackfan Anemia.
In addition to throwing Audrey a party, all three of Blaze Pizza's Louisville locations donated 50 percent of their Thursday sales to DBA research. Co-owner Wayne Albritton is a long-time friend of Audrey's mother and wanted to do what he could for a fight that is struggling for funding.
"Audrey is really a spokesperson for DBA," Albritton said. "I mean Audrey is the spokesperson for it, and really has raised the most amount of money for the foundation.
"So, it's very touching to see her spirit, and the fact that she's not letting this get her down. She's being a spokesperson for it, and she's a champion for it."
Audrey's father Scott says his daughter's impact has gone much further than just warming hearts. She's been contacted from people from around the world, saying how she's inspired them to fight their own battles.
"We get a lot of stories that are sad stories, but they tell us that she inspires them to keep going and to fight whatever they're facing, whether it's an illness or just a bad time in their lives," Nethery said. "So it's amazing what she's done."
Albritton says the Louisville Blaze Pizza locations plan to celebrate Audrey's birthday each year by giving to Diamond Blackfan Anemia research and is encouraging her parents to get the foundation to make Oct. 20 a national fundraising day.
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