DALLAS – Rockwall resident and five-year-old cancer fighter Bella Robinson is being honored as a Grand Marshal of the 11th annual Heart of Gold 5K & Fun Run Sept. 26, hosted by the non-profit Heroes for Children, in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Only 12 days after her fifth birthday and a couple of weeks before Christmas, Bella Robinson was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). She was given a clean bill of health at her check up shortly after her birthday. Within a couple days of that visit, however, the situation changed dramatically. She began to run a low-grade fever, complained of being tired and having a stomach ache. The doctor thought she was having a hard time fighting a cold and gave her an antibiotic.
Two days later, her symptoms worsened. Her fever jumped, she became lethargic and her stomach distended terribly. Bella’s parents took her back to the doctor where his staff started labs, took x-rays, did a sonogram of her stomach, tested for multiple illnesses and said to wait on their call. The pediatrician called the next day and told Bella’s family to report to Medical City Children’s Hospital immediately.
A parent’s worst nightmare came to life; Bella was diagnosed with cancer. Even though she was suffering, Bella kept her head held high with a positive attitude about her treatments and remained happy and outgoing. She spent a lot of time in the hospital but loved meeting the other kids on the Pediatric Oncology floor at Medical City Children’s Hospital.
“We have so many new friendships,” says Bella’s mom, Brittney Robinson. “We’re all battling together.”
“Bella is the most amazing person I know,” she added. “And the absolute strongest person you’ll ever meet!”
HFC officials say they understand how isolating a cancer diagnosis can feel. Part of the organization’s mission is to make sure children battling cancer and their families never fight alone.
The organization has lifted a huge burden off of the Robinsons by providing financial assistance to help pay for treatment so Bella’s family can focus on being there for Bella as she battles cancer.
As Grand Marshals, Bella and two other young fighters represent each of the hospitals in Dallas that HFC serves. Bella represents Medical City Children’s. Micah Ahern (6½) represents Cook Children’s and Ashley Jackson (17) represents Children’s Medical Center.
HFC partners with social workers in these hospitals to find families who could benefit from its financial and social help. As Grand Marshals, they will be honored at the event for their courageous fight against cancer.
The Heart of Gold 5K & Fun Run will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, at The Plaza at Galatyn Park in Richardson, Texas. The event begins with the annual commemorative balloon release led by co-founders Jenny and Larissa, followed by the Family Fun Run and 5K. There will be a live DJ and kid’s Adventure Zone with games, rock climbing wall, activities, bounce houses and a special area to honor and remember children who have been affected by cancer. The event also includes fantastic prizes, awards, giveaways, food and more.
Register at https://thedriven.net/heroes5k