More than 200 children and families attended the National Childhood Cancer Awareness event hosted by Navarro Discount Pharmacy, the largest Hispanic-owned pharmacy chain in the U.S., in partnership with the Live Like Bella Foundationâ„¢ to educate the community about the needs of children with cancer. Thousands of children are diagnosed with pediatric cancer each year, the leading cause of death for American children under age 15.
The parents of Miamiâ€™s Bella Rodriguez-Torres, who courageously fought cancer and her paralysis six times until her death on May 28, 2013 at the age of 10, attended the event and spoke on behalf of the Live Like Bellaâ„¢ Foundation. Bella was embraced by the entire south Florida community including Miami HEAT and Marlins players. Her faith, loving heart and sense of compassion live on through the work of the foundation.
Activities included kid-focused food and snacks, a motorcade and helicopter flyover by Miami-Dade County Police, face painting and â€˜Live Like Bellaâ€™ merchandise for sale. At 6p.m., the Navarro store was lit in gold and yellow Wish lanterns were lit in remembrance of Bella.