Mary Murphy – best known as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance – attended a special event this week to help a woman who suffered terrible injuries at the hands of her husband.

In November, 2009, Audrey Mabrey – a mother of two from Florida – was brutally attacked by her estranged husband, who struck her over the head with a hammer, doused her in gasoline, and set her alight. Audrey suffered burns to over 80% of her body.

Audrey found inspiration in Mary Murphy, who also suffered abuse at the hands of her ex-husband for nine years. Mary was so moved by Audrey’s story, that she shifted her schedule and arranged to be at this week’s Hands Across the Bay event – held at the Courtside Grille in St. Petersberg, Florida – in order to show her personal support. Though Audrey has suffered life-altering injuries still not healed, she is committed to reaching the goals she had set forth prior to this incident and uses the success of Murphy as a source for motivation as she struggles each day to find her return to the life she previously knew. Audrey spends time in the burn facility helping other burn patients find the courage and strength to move forward in their healing process. Even in her most challenging of moments she manages to be an inspiration for others.

To find out more about Audrey’s story, how you can help, and more about beating domestic violence, click here.

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