Live Like Bella

ImageWhat does it mean to Live Like Bella? Live Like Bella means to eat something and enjoy it, savor it, go play with gusto, even the simple things. Do them and enjoy them. Learn something new, get out of your comfort zone and enjoy life. 

I have never met Bella. I knew her only through her Facebook page that her friends and family put together to help raise awareness about childhood cancer and for support through prayer for sweet little Bella. Even though I never met her in person, I feel like I know her. This is because she touched the lives of 10’s of thousands of people around the world. These are some of the things I knew about Bella and this would make me a Bella Believer. 

  • Bella loved Red
  • She loved Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse
  • She loved her dogs named Mickey and Minnie
  • Her favorite ride at Disney World is Small World
  • She was honorary chief of police in Miami
  • Bella has a sister named Rayna
  • She loved to belly laugh
  • Bella smiled even during the worst times
  • She loved to dance
  • She loved to sing
  • She started a campaign for fun Band-Aids for sick children
  • Bella’s dad wrote a book about Bella called ‘Why Not Me” A True Story about a Miracle in Miami. Her dads name is Raymond Rodriguez -Torres
  • Bella loved the Miami Heat
  • Most of all when I think of Bella, I think of faith through the eyes of a child. She showed more faith and grace than many adults that are completely healthy. 


Bella Rodriguez-Torres died after a 6-year battle with rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancerous tumor of the muscles that are attached to bones. “Bella didn’t lose her battle with cancer but instead won the reward of an eternal life,” her mother, Shannah, told CBS

This was a post that brought tears to my eyes for a few reasons. “‘When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.’ Bella has now joined Jesus in heaven. She went peacefully, surrounded by love, right after our beloved Father Craig finished praying. Please pray for us now for the strength and peace to continue to #LIVELIKEBELLA.” This post that she is now with Jesus was sad in the way that her family won’t get to see her on this earth, but they will in Heaven. Tears of joy comes because I know that she is healthy and without pain. She is with the Lord where the best place would be. 

ImageSupporters of Bella began to “Live Llke Bella,” a motto for pursuing everything that life has to offer. the Miami Police made me want to live in Miami. They reached out to Bella and her family. She was their chief and they raised money and awareness for childhood cancer. They still do this. It brings tears to my eyes to see them escorting their chief in a tiny red coffin. 

Bella has a way of make me look at things differently. I may have health problems, but I have the Lord and there are so many far more worse off than I am. Bella NEVER EVER GAVE UP (NEGU). 

I recently lost someone close to me and I have chosen to remember the good things about Frankie and all those that I love. Life is too short to let anger and bitterness take control. Maybe because of my faith in Christ, I look at things differently. I don’t know. But I do know that I want to Live Like Bella and not focus on the me stuff. Even on my worst days I can thank and praise the Lord. 

Thank you Bella for being such a positive example of faith and love. Thank you Bella’s family for sharing Bella with us and allowing us into your life and into hers. If you would like to watch a wonderfully put together video about Bella, check this out. 

This is what Bella’s Mom Shannah read at Bella’s Funeral- Her love for Jesus and compassion for others always reminded me of Mother Theresa. 

  • “People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
  • If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
  • If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
  • If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
  • What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
  • If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
  • The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
  • Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
  • You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” Mother Theresa

“And even though this world is cruel and hard, #LiveLikeBellaanyway” Shannah (Bella’s mommy)

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