Audra Skibo teaches Zumba at the Jeffersonville YMCA every Monday and Friday morning. That’s in spite of an illness that should have sidelined her more than a decade ago.”I’m stage 5. There’s five stages of kidney disease and I’m stage 5,” she told WLKY after Friday’s class.Skibo’s kidneys are failing and she needs a transplant. Still, she continues teaching and smiling every step of the way.”It just amazes me. I just can’t believe this is my daughter. I’m so proud of her,” her father, Bob Fischer, who attended Friday’s class, said.Skibo learned she needed that kidney last year. At the time, because of the pandemic, she was teaching remotely over Zoom. But, as soon as she could, she returned to the YMCA and she’s made it a point not to miss class.”It’s hard, some days I have to push harder,” she said, insisting the class and her students give her a reason to get up in the morning.In fact, Skibo said she’ll only miss class to get surgery once she gets a kidney.”I’m going to teach until I can’t anymore and then I’ll be off for 6-12 weeks for recovery and then I’ll be back. I have a reason to come back,” Skibo said of her class that now wears ‘Team Audra’ shirts on Mondays and Fridays.Those wanting to know more about Audra’s journey can follow the ‘Team Audra’ page on Facebook. To learn about how to start the process of becoming a kidney donor email audra@twc.com or call the Transplant Center at the University of Kentucky at 859-323-2467.

Audra Skibo teaches Zumba at the Jeffersonville YMCA every Monday and Friday morning. That’s in spite of an illness that should have sidelined her more than a decade ago.

“I’m stage 5. There’s five stages of kidney disease and I’m stage 5,” she told WLKY after Friday’s class.

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Skibo’s kidneys are failing and she needs a transplant. Still, she continues teaching and smiling every step of the way.

“It just amazes me. I just can’t believe this is my daughter. I’m so proud of her,” her father, Bob Fischer, who attended Friday’s class, said.

Skibo learned she needed that kidney last year. At the time, because of the pandemic, she was teaching remotely over Zoom. But, as soon as she could, she returned to the YMCA and she’s made it a point not to miss class.

“It’s hard, some days I have to push harder,” she said, insisting the class and her students give her a reason to get up in the morning.

In fact, Skibo said she’ll only miss class to get surgery once she gets a kidney.

“I’m going to teach until I can’t anymore and then I’ll be off for 6-12 weeks for recovery and then I’ll be back. I have a reason to come back,” Skibo said of her class that now wears ‘Team Audra’ shirts on Mondays and Fridays.

Those wanting to know more about Audra’s journey can follow the ‘Team Audra’ page on Facebook. To learn about how to start the process of becoming a kidney donor email audra@twc.com or call the Transplant Center at the University of Kentucky at 859-323-2467.

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