Latest News
Headlines

Cancer Patient Who Did 'Juju on That Beat' During Chemo in Viral Video Dies

Playing Cancer Patient Who Did 'Juju on That Beat' During Chemo in Viral Video Dies

It was a positive attitude and the occasional dance party that kept this Texas mom fighting to the end.

Read: Cancer Patient Does 'Juju on That Beat' During Chemo: 'Doing Silly Things Makes All the Difference'

Ana-Alecia Ayala, who made headlines in October for dancing up a storm while having chemotherapy treatments, died Wednesday after a year-long battle against cancer. She was 32.

Ayala is survived by her husband and 3-year-old daughter, Avalyn, whom she called the reason for her positivity throughout treatment.

"I'm always trying to live life to the fullest, and she's giving me more of a reason to do so," Ayala said in an October interview with InsideEdition.com.

The Dallas native was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in December 2015 after doctors discovered tumors on her uterus and spleen.

Although she was treated with in-patient chemotherapy during much of her battle, Ayala said, "When I have energy, I like to do what I can."

She said her "chemo buddy," Danielle Andrus, whom she met through a fitness group, was visiting during a chemotherapy session when she suggested they learn the routine to the dance craze, Zay Hilfigerrr's and Zayion McCall's "Juju on That Beat".

Since they posted the video to Facebook, more than 76 million people watched Ayala dance her way through the pain.

Ayala's dance moves and bright smile even caught Ellen DeGeneres' attention.

"It really is inspirational," Ellen said, as Ayala and Andrus joined her on her show, "You have gone through 66 hours of chemo, and then you're dancing. How do you have the energy after you've put your body through that for the past year to dance like that?"

Read: A Family's Fight: Mom and Her 1-Year-Old Daughter Battling Cancer Together

For Ayala and her support group, the answer was simple.

"You can still live your life after your diagnosis, which is what I'm trying to do," Ayala told InsideEdition.com. "Just handle it as best as possible. Laugh and have a good time, especially on the strong days."

Watch: Mom-to-Be Tears Up the Dance Floor While 9 Months Pregnant: 'We Dance All Day Every Day'

Share Share on Facebook Tweet Share on Twitter
Receive Breaking News

By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Your e-mail was submitted successfully.
Sorry, your email address was not processed. Please try again.
Around the Web