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.