Selena Gomez was in good company recently when she danced with a very special little girl. Seven-year-old Audrey Nethery was reportedly at a recent meet-and-greet during Gomez’s “Revival Tour” and got to sing and dance with Selena.
Gomez does enjoy sharing the odd photo of herself with her fans on Instagram, but Wednesday evening saw a very special post appear. The post, included below, is a video showing the 23-year-old pop star dancing with tiny Audrey, a girl with a rare bone-marrow disease.
Reportedly, Audrey’s dad, Scott Nethery, was with his daughter when they met Gomez, and the video was also posted on the Facebook page of their local radio station 99.7 WDJX.
In the video clip posted by Gomez, we can see the pop singer dancing low down and close to tiny Audrey, to one of Selena’s early hits, “Love You Like a Love Song.”
“Finally got to meet this sweetheart,” Gomez wrote on Instagram, alongside a video of the two. “She owned it fully.”
A year ago, The Inquisitr told the story of young Audrey, who hails from Kentucky and is suffering from Diamond Blackfan Anemia, a rare and life-threatening bone-marrow disease.
People with Diamond Blackfan Anemia tend to experience symptoms such as fatigue and weakness. They can also have several physical disorders, including cleft palates, microcephaly and glaucoma.
In some cases, patients suffering from the disease are unusually short for their age and can have an increased risk of developing certain forms of cancer. Treatments for the condition include blood transfusions, a bone marrow transplant or stem cell transplantation.
Reportedly young Audrey had been diagnosed with the condition at just two months of age, and at this time last year she had already gone through 20 blood transfusions, as the condition stops her body from creating new red blood cells. The condition also reportedly hinders her ability to circulate oxygen through her blood.
At that stage, and despite her condition, Audrey wasn’t backing down, and she decided to raise awareness of her rare condition by taking to social media. As she has always enjoyed dancing and does it pretty well, she posted videos of herself dancing to various popular songs to not only raise awareness, but also to raise money towards treatment for the rare Diamond Blackfan Anemia.
Nethery soon became an internet sensation, with videos of her dancing to Zumba drawing millions of views on YouTube, and she was invited to perform at an international Zumba convention in Orlando, Florida.
Audrey’s mother, Julie Haise, also got to meet Selena recently and told the NBC Today Show, “When she’s not doing Zumba, she’s singing and dancing and there was a lot of singing and dancing going on after that call.”
“Every time I see her dance, even when it’s just in her class, it makes me cry, but seeing her up on that stage was incredible… when she’s dancing, she’s happy and brings so much joy to everyone watching.”
Audrey’s dad has posted many videos of her dancing and singing, including the video included here of Gomez’s 2011 song “Love You Like A Love Song Baby.”
According to NBC News, Audrey is an amazing little ball of energy who has never let her illness stop her and continues to sing and dance. She reportedly takes her cues from pop stars like Selena and her pal Taylor Swift.
7-Year-Old With Rare Disease Nails ‘Love You Like A Love Song’ In Duet With Selena Gomez https://t.co/CPpEQ5G6Zt
— Los Angeles News Now (@lanewsnow) June 24, 2016
In fact, Nethery told NBC News it was Swift who inspired her to sing and dance because of her obvious passion and spirit.
“I just thought I would start singing to maybe put a little bit of passion and spirit in me to help me fight off my disease.”
And not only has she recently danced with Selena Gomez, Audrey has also met Taylor Swift in the past – not bad going for a 7-year-old girl! You can hear Audrey speak to NBC News in the video below.
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