Eight-year-old Audrey Nethery is one of the happiest girls around, and one of her greatest joys in life just so happens to be dancing. Unfortunately, she was born with a bone marrow disease called Diamond Blackfan Anemia. The condition causes her body to not produce enough red blood cells to carry all of the oxygen her body needs. As if this wasn’t bad enough, she was also born with a cleft palate and a hole in her heart.
Audrey has to undergo frequent blood transfusions and take steroids in hopes of combating her disease. Unfortunately, it means that she hasn’t always been able to lead the most normal life. She has never let it hold her back though, and she even has her very own YouTube Channel where she posts some lovely videos of herself dancing and singing.
When the New York City Ballet heard about her plight, they decided to help her accomplish her Ballerina dreams! Audrey was invited to join in on their training to help learn a piece from "The Nutcracker." The Ballerinas taught her some wonderful new stretches, and she was more than happy to teach them some fun new ones.
After practicing with her new friends, she put on her very own tutu, leotard, tiara, and ballet slippers to perform on the Rachael Ray show. The crowd loved her performance, and you can see her parents sobbing from happiness in the crowd. Her performance is a reminder to all of us that no matter what life throws your way, you just need to keep moving forward!