Zumba Fundraiser for Rio Ramirez

zumbaOn March 12, the Corvallis First United Methodist Church will be hosting a Rio Strong Zumba Fundraiser. All proceeds will go to the Ramirez family, whose four-year-old son, Rio, was diagnosed with aplastic anemia disorder in December of 2015.

Rio’s condition has compromised his immune system, causing him to constantly need new blood cell transfusions and requiring numerous hospital visits and costly medical bills. Currently, Rio is awaiting a match for a bone marrow transplant.

The Zumbathon will be led by licensed instructors Angel Harris and Michelle Montan. Beginners are welcome and no Zumba experience is required. In addition, there will be water and treats available for purchase during the fundraiser. And even if an arduous Latin-fusion dance workout isn’t your thing, I think we can all agree this fundraiser is for a great cause.

The Zumbathon will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Community Center Hall. Admission is $10 and can be paid at the door. If you would like to help Rio and his family, visit their Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/riostrong. Or find out more on Facebook by searching “Rio Strong – Fighting Severe Aplastic Anemia.”

By Liz Sterling