What A Wonderful World
This is our story of how ZUMBA® Fitness inspired an entire community to come together in support of helping those with autism and enabled so many of us to experience an amazing journey together.
It began almost five years ago; what I thought would be an ordinary Monday evening ZUMBA® class turned out to be a life changing experience. In my first class at a new location, I met a special young man named James, and his mother Marylou.
James was dancing, stomping, and simply letting the music move him, unaware of his surroundings or of those watching him. After class, I learned that James was autistic, and his communication consisted of one-word sentences. He said my name “D-e-b-i" and I instantly fell in love with his spirit.
As I grew to know James and understand the challenges he faced each day, every Monday ZUMBA® session became a special treat when I saw James arrive. As time passed, I realized how he was becoming much more focused and controlled. He seemed to be using ZUMBA® as his method of communication and expression....
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