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Bella’s Story

Bella Rodriguez-Torres 12/12/02-5/28/13

I was born on 12/12/02 and was 4 1/2 when I became paralyzed and dx with Stage 4 Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma on 7/17/07. Thankfully, I can now walk, run and jump! I have battled cancer 6 more times.
Please pray for my complete healing of cancer forever. Love, BELLA

Shannah's email: shmh76@aol.com

Read my full story below.I was born on December 12, 2002, & was 4 1/2 when I became paralyzed from a tumor on my spine & diagnosed with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, Stage 4 on 7/17/07. I went thru 54 weeks of chemo and 16 weeks of radiation to all 7 tumor sites and was in remission. I am able to walk, run and jump again! In April 2009 they found a tumor in my brain and I had full brain radiation ,more chemo and an antibody treatment and was again in remission. On 9/28/11 there was a tumor found in my right ovary which was removed and the area was radiated. On 1/12/12 they found 3 new tumors in In my abdomen And I had more chemo and an antibody treatment. One month after this treatment in August 2012, 4 more tumors were found in my pelvis so I had chemo again. Jan 2013 the tumors were found to have grown while on chemo so I went to Houston to have a 16 hour surgery to remove the tumors, my uterus, my ovaries and have my entire abdomen washed in hot chemo. I am still recovering from the side effects and issues of the surgery.
Please pray for me as I undergo my treatment and receive God's full healing.
Love, Bella

Bella lives in Miami, with her parents (Ray & Shannah), her little sister (Rayna) her 5 dogs and 2 birds. She loves to play with Play-dough, Legos and loves everything with Sponge Bob Square Pants, Justin Bieber and Disney. She loves music and watching DVDs. She loves to fish in the lake with her daddy. We are sure that the many prayers being said on her behalf are responsible for allowing her to tolerate treatment so well. We ask all of you who visit this site, to please lift Bella and our family in your prayers. Miracles did not stop happening 2,000 years ago, they still happen and we will pray for a miracle on Bella's behalf. May God bless you and protect you. The road has been a difficult one and is not over, but we have witnessed His miracle in her and know that it will be completed with a full healing. All of your prayers, love, support, and well wishes; have allowed us to endure this most difficult time in our lives. We are forever grateful; first to our Lord and then to all of you who have been instruments of Christ on our journey. May God continue to bless each of you and we ask for your continued prayers. Bella went to be with our Lord on 5/28/13. Her life and legacy will always be remembered. #LiveLikeBella  www.LiveLikeBella.org    The Rodriguez-Torres family

Latest Journal Update

1 Year Ago, Bella went to heaven

On this day one year ago, our beloved Bella went to heaven.  While we held her in our arms she took her last breath and we commended her soul into the Lord’s loving hands.    We miss her beyond what human words can describe.  Yet despite the pain and moments of unspeakable grief, we know without equivocation that she is more alive than she has been in her entire existence.  She is now in paradise, free from the suffering of this world, rejoicing in the Lord’s kingdom in heaven by the side of her beloved “Mommy Church.”   Bella never belonged to us, she was a gift from God and we simply had the privilege of caring for her for 10 years while she was on Earth.  Bella’s life and legacy inspired millions across the globe because of her simple nobility, her unshakable faith, and her care and concern for others more than herself.   Today and everyday, we ask you to #LiveLikeBella.  Please wear red today to honor Bella (her favorite color) and please take a moment to pray for us and all of the families who have lost a child to cancer or are currently in the battle.  

Thank you for your continued support and fervent prayers.  We WILL find a cure.  God bless you!

The R-T Clan
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Marge Castee;
By Marge Casteel
We just want you to know that we are lifting you in prayer! - the family of Jameson Casteel (02/13/1997 - 10/21/2009)
Sue Koslovsky
By Sue Koslovsky
Thinking of you and remembering Bella with love. I can't believe that it has been a year already. It doesn't seem possible. Still, many children suffer from the wicked disease, CANCER. We pray that SOON CURES will be discovered to put and end to it's existence and let children live without fear. Sending love to you from Kate's grandparents in Toledo, Ohio
holly grant
By holly grant
Still praying...never forgetting.
Holly Grant
C.O.L.E.’s Prayer Team
Beverly Reed
By Beverly Reed
Dear Shannon and Crew,

Thanks so much for reminding us of this milestone. I was thinking about you all and praying for you the other night, not realizing it had been a year since God took Bella home. I concur with all you have said about her being on loan, for the impact and promise God continues to fulfill with the good her life has produced, and I am SO grateful that though you continue to grieve, your lives continue to grow in the Holy Spirit and that your own lives testify to the love, grace, and peace of the Father. You are a remarkable family and God is using you in mighty ways to reach others who have lost a child and to those who need to hear the gospel. Continually praying for his will to be done in your loves. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your journey. b
Joyce Nosker
By Joyce Nosker
Remembering all your beautiful entries during Bella's journey. Remembering her again and praying for all of you.

Rhonda  Murphy
By Rhonda Murphy
Prayers for all of Bella's family and friends to have peace, comfort and the strength to endure. Prayers for God's love to uplift all of you!
Sonia Griffin
By The Griffin's
We not only keep you in our hearts, we keep each of you in our prayers. May you always feel the Hand of God comforting, cradling and protecting all of you!! God Bless you with days of peace, love, and reflection.

With much love and understanding,
The Griffin's
charles, sonia, Elijah and our angel "Faith"
Sandy McIntyre
By Sandy McIntyre
Praying for your family and all those who have lost loved ones, especially children. You are so right on in Bella's delight in Heaven with all the angels and Jesus Christ. We thank Him so much for what He did so that we can be promised eternity with him. Praise Him!!
Sandy Daron
By Sandy Daron
Thinking of your precious family!! Bella had such a HUGE impact!! You are carrying on and helping SOO many!!

Love ya!!
C.O.L.E.'s Foundation
(Caring Openly, Loving Eternally)
Email: sandy@colesfoundation.com
Rebecca Steppe
By Rebecca Steppe/Metairie, LA
Thinking of you all and remembering with love Bella's courage, strength, and faith and especially her beautiful smile. Praying there will soon be a cure to this dreaded disease and children will no longer have to suffer with cancer. Wishing abundant blessings upon the whole Rodrigues-Torres family.
Love, Becky