Rare Disease Report

Big Moves for Diastrophic Dysplasia Break-dancing Kid

OCTOBER 30, 2016
Andrew Black
When people see Brenden they can immediately tell there is something different about him. But what they don’t know is, he doesn’t let what’s different about himself stop him from busting a move on the dancefloor. 
 
Known as a real show-stopper, 11-year-old Brenden James Baker, or should we say BREAKER, is a break-dancing diastrophic dysplasia patient who can really please a crowd. He may have a walker to help hold himself up, but his swift feet show his walking-aid does not slow him down one bit.
 
Brenden loves the limelight, and because of his disability, he attracts all sorts of attention, but it’s his fantastic dance skills that keep all eyes on him.
 
 And now he is gaining the views of millions of people.
 
Over the weekend, one of Brenden’s performances in Houston from last year (see below) was shared by one of the biggest video outlets on Facebook. In less than 48 hours, Brenden’s dancing routine video has been viewed 15M times, liked almost 300,000 times and has received 19,000 comments.
 

 
Now, the video sharing Facebook page is campaigning for Brenden to appear on the Ellen DeGeneres Show to show off some of his moves in front of America and one of the hottest television host today.
 
Brenden shows that again, disabilities do not define. As we are all born differently, we find a way to shine through being ourselves. Someone should suggest to Brenden he do a dance to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”. 

Also if he ever wants to have a Zebra dance off, RDR can make it happen.

About diastrophic dysplasia

Diastrophic dysplasia, which is also known as diastrophic dwarfism, is a rare disorder that is present at birth (congenital). The range and severity of associated symptoms and physical findings may vary greatly from case to case. However, the disorder is often characterized by short stature and unusually short arms and legs (short-limbed dwarfism); abnormal development of bones (skeletal dysplasia) and joints (joint dysplasia) in many areas of the body; progressive abnormal curvature of the spine (scoliosis and/or kyphosis); abnormal tissue changes of the outer, visible portions of the ears (pinnae); and/or, in some cases, malformations of the head and facial (craniofacial) area.
 


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