Zumba-thon benefits organization that helps children with chronic illness fulfill dreams

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by Renee Murphy

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 23, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 23 at 6:50 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A young woman in Louisville is proof that people can live out their dreams and defy all the odds. Her story is heartbreaking, uplifting and inspiring all at the same time. Now you can help others just like her.

At 27-years-old, Jennifer Moore is the picture of positive thinking. You can see that smile now but if you only knew her story.

“It was hard, you know, I couldn’t go outside, I couldn’t play with my friends, you know, I couldn’t go in a pool…”  Jennifer recalls.

At just 5-years-old, Jennifer had a brain tumor. She had a strong spirit, even as a child and she survived and thought the rest of her life would be smooth sailing.

But things took another turn when she was 18-years-old; she learned she had thyroid cancer. And as if that wasn't enough, at 25-years-old, she discovered she had polyps in her colon. Now done with treatment she is thankful to her family.

“If she can be positive, so can I. We are so close that I have to be positive for her. I can’t just sit around and cry about it or be down on myself about it because, look at her look what she's gone through,” Allison East, her sister, said.

She and her family want to help other kids who lived through cancer and disease like she did.

That's where Zumba comes in. The national dance slash fitness craze is being used as a fundraiser this weekend for the Dream Factory. They help kids with chronic illness fulfill a dream.
Jennifer's dream has come true and now she wants to do the same for other kids.

The Zumba-thon is taking place on Saturday afternoon from 12:30 to 3:30 at Boy’s Haven. The money all goes back to the Dream Factory and it honors the life of Jennifer Moore.

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