The Walton County community has been on a journey this summer in support of a Youth Middle School girl who ended this past school year with a frightening diagnosis. On May 10, 2016, 12-year-old Zoie Sellers was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia). This past two weeks, the community was on a county-wide prayer vigil as Zoie battled a setback that had her on a ventilator in ICU, but she was able to pull out of it and is back on a more positive track.
“Zoie is an amazing girl who has bravely battled AML – she’s still on the road to recovery, and you can keep updated by subscribing to her Facebook page, ‘Zoie’s Journey,'” said family friend Nickie Puls. “Her family has been by her side continuously……and we would like to invite all of you to help them with prayers and support, and also financially, as they sure could use it.”
Zoei’s mother, Christy Sharpe, is a single mother with four other children. Several fundraisers have taken place to help the family cope with the expense of Zoie’s treatment as well as her mother, a self-employed hair stylist, cope with taking care of all the children as well as spend time at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston with Zoie. Puls, and some other local Zumba instructors, have come up with a way to help the help, and have fun at the same time – with a Zumba-thon.
“Come help us raise awareness of AML and especially help Zoie’s family by dancing with us,” Puls said. The event will take place from 3 – 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 at Crossfit in Loganville and will cost $20 for an “incredible lineup of local instructors and we have fabulous door prizes available for you to purchase raffle tickets and win.”
Some donations already made towards this event include a gift basket from Rinse Bath & Body and a one-hour massage. All proceeds from the Zumba-thon and the raffles go to help Zoie and her family. Zumba instructors include Nickie Pulls, Kristen Henshaw and Erin Edgley, with more expected to sign up. Information is available on the event page and if you are able to add to these prizes with a donation of goods, or services, you can let them know on the page.
“Please help us spread the word and invite your friends and family,” Puls said.
You can follow Zoie’s inspirational Journey through her Facebook Page.