Baton Rouge teen gets one of his last wishes, dancing with his mom


BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Baton Rouge mother Adreana Hawthorne Anderson says she’s being transparent by allowing the public to learn about her eldest son’s condition. Adrean Hawthorne, 13, was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy in 2018.

“We found out Adrean had muscular dystrophy in 2018, which is crazy because most children are diagnosed at birth,” Anderson said.

Despite grappling with his own health issues, Adrean always finds a way to bring joy and compassion to everyone who comes in contact with him. He always cares about others, especially his mother, and often says that he hopes she will be okay when he’s not around.

“I had him when I was 16, it was tough, I was a baby raising a baby, he taught me how to be a mom,” Anderson said.

She describes her son as caring, independent, intelligent, compassionate, funny and gentle.

Adrean made a list of things he wanted to do, go to Disney World and have one last dance with this mom.

The now viral mother-son dance video has over 2 million views, with a wave of love and support from around the world. Anderson said she only posted the video because her son asked her to.

Anderson posted this video on her Facebook page saying it’s one of the hardest things she’s ever had to do.

“I sat him down and had a one-on-one conversation with him, I was completely honest and let him know the doctors were saying he only had a few months left and I understood that his condition was becoming crucial, but as we spoke he asked if we could start making memories… He asked if we could make one last mother and son dance to our favorite song like us did it at my wedding, ”Anderson said.

As they danced to their favorite song, Adrean looked his mother in the eyes, cried and told her he knew this was the last dance he would have with her.

“He got so overwhelmed with emotion, he cried… he said mum, I know in my heart that this is our last dance and I want you to be okay when I go, please be alright mom, ”Anderson said.

As tough as he is fighting this disease, Adrean stays strong so his family can be strong.

A week before the start of the school semester, he had his parents sit down in private for a chat. He told his parents that he felt the drug was not working and that he wanted his parents to respect his willingness to stop taking it.

“Adrean never liked taking medication… he told us, since he’s not long, he wants to be a normal child and he wants to do what normal children do. He’s been off the meds and he’s happier, it’s like he’s been back to himself, ”Anderson said.

Anderson hopes that sharing his son’s condition with the world will bring awareness and understanding of muscular dystrophy.

“We never heard of it until it was our reality… If we want a cure, we need to research, ask questions and teach our children about it so that they can understand it and know how to handle it, ”Anderson said.

Anderson says she wants the world to know how special her son Adrean is.

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