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5-Year-Old Went Viral, Now She's Raising Awareness For A Special Cause

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Do you remember the viral video of the adorable 5-year-old who danced to Taylor Swift's song "Shake It Off"?

She danced to raise awareness about a condition that affects 1 in 15,000 to 40,000 newborns.

Dwarfism Awareness Month, which takes place in October, is celebrated around the world.

Rilee has achondroplasia, which is a bone growth disorder that causes disproportionate dwarfism, where the person has a normal sized torso and short limbs.

There are many misconceptions about dwarfism that little people like Rilee want other people to know about.

Here is another video of Rilee dancing, but this time to Meghan Trainor's song "All About That Bass."

"She is small in size but huge in personality," the YouTube channel, Smiles From Rilee wrote in the video's description box.

The advocacy organization, Little People of America, strives to address common misunderstandings about dwarfism, and to also increase the opportunities for people with this condition.

Here are three general misunderstands they want to get across:

1. Dwarfism is not a disease.

It can be caused by other genetic conditions. Metabolism or hormonal problems can cause short stature, but in most cases, it's caused by a genetic anomaly.

2. Little people are healthy, despite their condition.

They are at risk of many health complications that can affect how they develop physically. For example, as little people get older, they often develop pain in the back and in their legs.

3. Dwarfism is hereditary.

If one parent is a little person, then their child has a 50% chance of inheriting the genetic condition. Although there's a greater likelihood of having this genetic anomaly if one or both parents are little people, it doesn't happen solely because of genetics, it can also be formed spontaneously.

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Moojan has been a writer at Shared for almost a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.