There is not a single human being on Earth who has not been affected by cancer. The overwhelming majority of drugs given to children are over 20 years old and they are very toxic.

Children deserve an equal opportunity at cutting edge research. They also deserve to be children, to have fun, and to be able to Live Like Bella®!

Globally, a child
is diagnosed
with cancer
every 3 minutes

Childhood Cancer is the
#1 disease
killer of children.
More than asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined

Everyday in the
USA seven children die
from cancer

On May 28, 2013 Bella was one of those seven.

For this reason, and in memory of our daughter Bella, the Live Like Bella® Foundation was created. We advocate and fund ONLY for pediatric cancer research and we offer support for the families. Our children deserve the best. Our children deserve to LIVE.

Join us in the fight against pediatric cancer.

The Rodriguez-Torres Family

  • Then four year old Bella Rodriguez-Torres becomes paralyzed and diagnosed with stage four Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. The family’s lives would be changed forever.

    July 2007

  • For Childhood Cancer Awareness month, Shannah Rodriguez-Torres organizes the first of many community events. “Bella’s Bake Sale" raised several thousand dollars for Childhood cancer research

    September 2010

  • The best selling book: "Why Not Me? A True Story about a Miracle in Miami” by Raymond Rodriguez-Torres is published by Westbow Press. 100% of the profits are donated to childhood cancer research.

    December 2010

  • Shannah & Raymond are asked to chair the inaugural CureSearch Walk Miami. The event was attended by thousands and raised close to $200K for childhood cancer research.

    December 2010

  • Bella & Shannah organize “Bella’s band-aid drive.” Over 3000 boxes of fun, children’s band-aids are donated by “Bella’s Believers” to Miami Children’s Hospital.

    September 2012

  • Shannah organizes “Bella’s Birthday Bash and Bazaar” which brought awareness and raised several thousand dollars for childhood cancer research.

    December 2012

  • Bella passed away. Her family, while heartbroken, are now more then ever, determined to find a cure.

    May 2013

  • The Rodriguez-Torres family in union with the City of Miami Police Department conduct a shave for the brave event in memory of Bella. Police officers also rode bikes from Miami to Key West. The event raised over $100K for childhood cancer research and received national attention.

    June 2013

  • June 2013
    Live Like Bella® Foundation was founded.

    June 2013


  • Wear red
  • Show compassion
  • Pray for others
  • Eat S'mores
  • Belly laugh really loud
  • Sing at the top of your lungs
  • See a show
  • Play an instrument
  • Sing Jesus songs
  • Pray all the time
  • Cuddle
  • Take a bubble bath
  • Say mmmm when something tastes really good
  • Ride “It's a Small World” at Disney


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