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Big Island businesses turn dream into reality for CA girl with rare genetic disease

Big Island businesses helped turn a dream into a reality for Audrey Yedinak, who has a rare genetic disease (Image: Mana Kai Luxury Vacations) Big Island businesses helped turn a dream into a reality for Audrey Yedinak, who has a rare genetic disease (Image: Mana Kai Luxury Vacations)
Big Island businesses helped turn a dream into a reality for Audrey Yedinak, who has a rare genetic disease (Image: Mana Kai Luxury Vacations) Big Island businesses helped turn a dream into a reality for Audrey Yedinak, who has a rare genetic disease (Image: Mana Kai Luxury Vacations)
WAIKOLOA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Big Island businesses are helping a California girl who has a rare genetic disease.

Audrey Yedinak celebrated her 9th birthday this week in Hawaii — thanks to a trip sponsored by Mana Kai Luxury Vacations.

Audrey has a genetic Mitochondrial disease that affects many of her normal bodily functions, leaving her with blood disorders, diabetes and autism, among other complications.

She also has to carry a 20-pound modified backpack that holds her insulin pump and IV bag as she has a permanent IV line in her chest.

Her mother, Elsa Yedinak, quit her full-time job as a nurse to provide full-time care to Audrey.

The family has to frequently travel four hours to the children’s hospital in Los Angeles.

When Audrey was in Hawaii this week, she went on a canoe ride and got a mermaid manicure courtesy of the Fairmont Orchid.

She even got to swim with the dolphins at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

A fundraiser page was created for Audrey to help with medical expenses, travel expenses and other needs.

Donations will be given directly to Elsa Yedinak.

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