DENVER, N.C. — A young woman from Denver, North Carolina sits in Raleigh waiting for a double lung transplant, and her little sister is helping raise money for her medical expenses.
Jordan Magro, 10, has been doing Zumba at Denver Health and Fitness for three years, and has taken a lead as a junior Zumba instructor in the last year.
“I think it expresses who I really am,” said Jordan.
When Jordan’s aunt started a Go Fund Me page to raise money for sister Alyssa’s transplant, Jordan knew she could help using the sisters’ shared passion for dance.
“I brought them all into the Zumba room and said, ‘I want to have a Zumba party for my sister’,” said Jordan.
The Zumba instructors at Denver Health and Fitness had already been brainstorming a fundraising event to help the family, and they jumped right in to help.
Together they were able to pull together a Zumba class filled with 70 kids and adults. They raised $1,400 for the cause affectionately known as “Team Alyssa,” while wearing purple shirts to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis.
“Lots of kids showed up. The community really showed up for this. That was really nice to see… really nice to see,” said Denver Health and Fitness owner Jeff Pettit.
While Jordan and Alyssa can’t see each other every day, Jordan understands her struggle to breathe. She was also born with Cystic Fibrosis.
“Sometimes when I’m dancing, I can’t really breathe through my nose when I have to,” said Jordan.
“Alyssa played sports, but she loved to dance. Jordan’s just taking right after her. It’s amazing to see them with their condition, they don’t let it hold them back,” said dad Chris Magro.
Together the community’s raised more than $30,000 to help Alyssa, and Jordan’s event was a huge contributor.
“It just means there’s a lot of special people out there,” said Chris.
Jordan agrees, contributing her event’s success to her Zumba instructors and the friends who helped her choreograph a special routine to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis.