Teo and Cara address the crowd
Cara T. is the mother of 6-year-old Teo, who is affected with CIE.  Cara has participated in FIRST's Phantom Tea events throughout recent years,
 George Iu and Peter Wang with Teo
and was ready to move to the next level with fundraising.  Since Cara is a Zumba instructor, the logical idea for her was to hold a Zumba party as a fundraiser.  She recruited international Zumba superstars George Iu and Peter Wang from China, who were on a US tour, to lead the fun.  Tickets were sold, items were donated for silent auction, and area businesses were asked to sponsor the event.  The class, which was held in January, was a tremendous success!  147 participants were groovin' to the music, having fun, getting fit, and helping to raise awareness about ichthyosis!  More than $2,000 was raised to benefit the efforts of FIRST.  Many thanks to Cara and her husband, Teofilo, her mother Carla, and her sister Amber, for their hard work on our behalf.

 The Zumba participants groovin.

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