Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Complete Training in Hixson is holding a grand opening celebration and Zumbathon charity event benefiting a Hixson family Saturday, Sept. 7.
At 9 a.m. a boot camp class will be held, followed by the Zumbathon at 10:30 a.m. A $5 donation will be requested from each participant, with proceeds being donated to Elizabeth Jetton. Diagnosed at birth with a rare genetic mutation that caused her lungs to be underdeveloped, Elizabeth received a life-saving double lung transplant at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas, in April 2011 at 15 months old. She is nearly 4 now.
“She’s doing well with the lung transplant,” said her mother Sheila Jetton, though adding that she still has to worry about the organs being rejected.
Elizabeth will require continued visits every six months to Texas for follow-up appointments and treatments.
“She’s been having issues with her airways,” Jetton said. “When she sleeps at night her airways collapse.”
She said Elizabeth may have to have a surgery to fix her airways, but the risks associated with the surgery are so great that the family is still undecided.
“We really appreciate everyone who comes out to the event,” said Jetton, who along with her husband works full-time.
All proceeds from the Zumbathon event will help with the continued medical and travel expenses related to Elizabeth’s care.
“We wanted to help with all the costs of her surgeries,” said Complete Training Zumba instructor Jodi Yother. “The family’s been through a lot. We want to do anything we can to make their day a little bit brighter.”
Yother encourages anyone who has never tried Zumba before to come out and give it a shot.
“You have so much fun and you leave drenched,” she said. “Zumba is a great thing to find, especially for those who aren’t into a regular workout routine. It’s just a great workout.”
And Zumba is something anyone can do, Yother added.
“The moves are so simple, and no one’s there to judge you,” she said. “It helps with your confidence and you don’t feel like you’re dreading your workout.”