Diamond Blackfan Anemia: When The Bone Marrow Fails

Audrey with her kitty Sweetie Pie https://www.facebook.com/DBAphotoboothbyAudrey/

A youtube video of a cute little girl from Kentucky dancing to Bruno Mars Uptown Funk has caught my attention last year. I watched her zumba video countless of times because it makes me happy until I got curious and searched for her other videos. My search led me to Audrey’s facebook page. Who would have thought that this bubbly, energetic 7 year old is afflicted with a rare bone marrow disease?

What is Diamond Blackfan Anemia?

According to Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation, Inc. DBA is a rare inherited bone marrow failure syndrome, characterized by a failure of the bone marrow (the center of the bone where blood cells are made) to produce red blood cells. This failure causes DBA patients to become severely anemic.

Treatments available for patients suffering from BDA are blood transfusion and corticosteroid medication. A riskier option is the bone marrow transplant.

Audrey did not let her age nor her anemia get in the way to promote awareness of this disease. With the support of her loving parents Scott and Julie, they are spreading positivity through social media. Audrey’s facebook page has brought together 1,143,092 people praying, cheering, appreciating, supporting and donating funds to research to find cure for DBA.


Audrey is an inspiration to her facebook family. She has been poked by needles countless of time and has undergone blood transfusions but you’ll never see her display weakness or sadness. She’s a true mark of bravery and a source of hope in finding cure.

How can you help?

Audrey’s dad set up a fundraiser at GoFundMe. The money raised by Scott Nethery are all donated to DBA Foundation. If you wish to share your blessings, click https://www.gofundme.com/b366qzdw

DBA foundation also has numerous fundraising events. For a list of upcoming events, visit this link http://dbafoundation.org/fundraising/

Do you know someone with DBA?

There are 25-35 new cases of DBA every year in the US and Canada.  In the Philippines, there is no information about the number of people afflicted with Diamond Blackfan Anemia. DBA is congenital and is diagnosed during the first year of life.

 If you wish to know more about Diamond Blackfan Anemia, visit http://dbafoundation.org/ and follow Audrey’s facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DBAphotoboothbyAudrey/

Roselle Cee Tee

A coca-cola dependent life-form who is torn between eating and getting fit. I used to play tennis and dance zumba but is now curious if I can run farther than 500 meters. I need wi-fi like PopEye needs spinach. Bucketlist: learn how to swim and ride a bike.

  • I hope all gets well for Audrey. And you know what? All over the world, a lot of people are lost in their own worlds when here, you have a kid who has a rare condition no one has heard off, living life to the fullest!


  • heidi williams

    Wow, I’ve never heard of this. I am Anemic myself. It is so sad to see children suffer. Yet amazing to see how much her story has probably helped so many in awareness. Reminds us to be thankful and grateful for good health. I shared it.

    • It was also only through Audrey that I got to know about this disease. And that she and her family are hopeful that one day a cure will be found. I pray that the day comes soon.

  • Berlin Domingo

    Heard of DMA only now and it saddens me to read stories like Audrey’s. Though she is one brave soul, its just disheartening to see kids as young as her suffer too much. I pray for more strength and faith, not just for her but most specially for her loved ones.

  • Alison

    I have never heard of this before and it is a horrible disease. Audrey is an inspiration to everyone. If she can live life with a great attitude and try to make a difference in the world, we should be able to do that, too!

    • Audrey doesn’t give a hint that she’s sick. And I really admire Audrey’s parents. They are so loving and supportive.

  • That is such a horrible story. But bravo to Audrey and her family for being so courageous and trying to do something positive after being dealt such a tough hand. I used to volunteer at a library for disabled children. It was always inspiring to see how they kept up their spirits even when they were ailing.

    • Truly inspiring. Many times that Audrey has inspired me to be brave when I’ve almost felt like giving up.

  • Liezel Regidor

    This is so sad. Seeing someone like Audrey suffer from a disease like this just breaks my heart. I admire her strength and positivity though. I hope she serves as an inspiration to other people who has their own struggles.

  • Zwitsy

    I have watched one of her videos on youtube too! My bad to hear about her condition. :( Thanks for sharing this. It would be a big help for her.

  • I never thought that there is such a condition with that name. I do hope that they will be able to get enough funds to support her medication. Children like Audrey that shows courage always gives inspiration to anyone.

  • Migs.Alaine Alejandrino

    I saw this little angel’s video too. Her story is inspiring. I am glad that her parents shared her video because it opened an opportunity for people to learn about this condition.