Dance Palooza - Mississippi (2015)
Kelly Benford, who was diagnosed with ARCI-lamellar ichthyosis, held a Dance Palooza at the Mississipp University for Women. The event, hosted by Audacity Dance Team, the Young Black Leadership Association and Phi Beta Sigma, featured many talented performers and raised over $500 for FIRST’s programs and services. In addition, Kelly was interviewed by the local CBS affiliate, WCBI, and her college newspaper. In her interview, Kelly said, “As a person with ichthyosis, I know the negative and positive attributes that come with this condition. I’ve been through a lot with my condition, but it hasn’t stopped me from being the best I can be.” She continued, “I show confidence with my condition because it could be a lot worse. I want other people with ichthyosis to be like me—embrace the positive from it and know that God wouldn’t put anything on us that we can’t bear.” Thank you Kelly for being a strong advocate on your college campus!