Woman From Viral Chemo Dance Video Dead at 32

Ana-Alecia Ayala went viral with 'Juju on That Chemo'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2017 2:48 PM CST

The internet is mourning a woman who danced into the hearts of many when a video of her dancing in a hospital gown went viral. Ana-Alecia Ayala died Wednesday after a yearlong cancer battle, WFAA reports. The Dallas woman gained fame in October after posting a video to social media showing her and a friend, in Ayala's hospital room, dancing to "Juju on That Beat" around medical equipment, Ayala in her hospital gown. It became known as "Juju on That Chemo." Ayala told KVUE at the time that her dance partner was a friend she met through a fitness group the year prior, who often came to her chemo treatments and tried to keep her positive.

Ayala, 32, found out she had a rare uterine tumor in Dec. 2015 while trying for a second baby with her husband. It had spread to her ovaries and the lining of her stomach, and though most of it was removed within weeks in a surgery, a new tumor appeared on her spleen in July. When her video went viral, Ayala said she hoped to encourage others fighting cancer to "be silly, have a dance party, be present in the moment, and have a great time. Laughter is the best medicine, and I hope to make people smile, even at the expense of my bad dance moves." She leaves behind a husband and 3-year-old daughter. (Read more cancer stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.