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Little Audrey Nethery Is Back And She Looks All Grown Up

We all know and love little Audrey Nethery.

She's the seven-year-old girl from Kentucky who is living with a debilitating bone marrow disease called Diamond Blackfan Anemia, or DBA. The disease causes the bone marrow to under produce red blood cells through the body, which results in a lack of oxygen. It can cause stunted growth, birth defects, and abnormal features. But DBA has never slowed Audrey down. She has become a viral sensation for her positivity, her love of dancing, and her incredible Zumba routines!

Audrey started taking Zumba classes at her local gym and became an instant star. She started gaining worldwide attention for her performances, and her mom says the girl never stops.

"When she's not doing Zumba, she's singing and dancing ," Jules Haise, Audrey's mom, says.  "When she's dancing, she's happy and brings so much joy to everyone watching."

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In December of 2016, Grammy award winner Steven Battey teamed up with Audrey to make her an even bigger star.

Battey has written songs for incredible talents, such as Madonna, Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, Bruno Mars and Jason Derulo. But now, he's using his talents to help children who are fighting for their lives! Battey, along with his co-founder Alix Petersen, started a foundation called Singing For Superheroes.

Audrey released her first official music video called "Life Is Beautiful" and it already has over 40 million views. But after that, we didn't really hear from Audrey at all. We saw reposts of her videos, but rarely saw new content.

However, the young star posted a new video on her Facebook page and it's got an inspiring message!

Audrey decided to "shine a light" on her illness, DBA, by explaining a little bit about what the disease is, and how she plans to fight it.

Using one of her favorite artists, Taylor Swift, Audrey sang to her fans about being fearless and fighting forward.

The video was met with an incredible response, as people were thrilled to see Audrey back on their screens! The young girl has grown and blossomed in the past year, and she really seems to be finding her own way!

"I can't believe how much she has grown! Quite the pretty young lady now!"

"Audrey, you are blossoming into such an intelligent, well spoken little lady!!! Enjoy watching you grow. Keep kicking butt, kid!"

"That was great - audrey is taller and hair has gotten long - we can fight this disease - you are so beautiful and talented and strong ❤️❤️❤️❤️"

"I haven't seen any Audrey posts on my feed lately- was wondering where she was."

In less than 24 hours, the video has picked up over 50,000 views, and it's hard not to smile when you watch Audrey's infectious performance!

If you'd like to donate to help find a cure for DBA, you can do so here.

We're so happy to see that Audrey is doing well, and that she is continuing her fight against DBA!

Meagan has been a writer with Shared for two years and has an intense love for Netflix, napping, and carbohydrates. CONTACT: meagan@shared.com