National childhood cancer awareness event held at Navarro Discount Pharmacy

MIAMI — Navarro Discount Pharmacy, in partnership with the Live Like Bella Foundation, recently hosted the National Childhood Cancer Awareness event to educate the community about the needs of children with cancer.

The event attracted more than 200 children and families and was held Sept. 13 at a Navarro Discount Pharmacy in Miami.

The parents of Miami’s Bella Rodriguez-Torres, who fought cancer and her paralysis six times until her death on May 28, 2013 at the age of 10 years old, attended the event and spoke on behalf of the Live Like Bella Foundation. Bella was paralyzed and diagnosed with stage four Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive childhood cancer, when she was 4 years old. Bella is described as having unwavering faith, a loving heart and a great sense of compassion for others. The entire south Florida community, including Miami Heat and Miami Marlins players, embraced Bella. Her life and legacy lives on through the work of the Live Like Bella Foundation. Thousands of children are diagnosed with pediatric cancer each year, the leading cause of death for American children younger than age 15.

Activities at the event included children-focused food and snacks, a motorcade and helicopter flyover by Miami-Dade County Police, face painting and "Live Like Bella" merchandise for sale. Navarro donated 100% of the proceeds from the Live Like Bella merchandise sales that evening to the Live Like Bella Foundation. And, at 6 p.m., the Navarro store was lit in gold and yellow Wish lanterns were lit in remembrance of Bella.

For more than 50 years, Navarro Discount Pharmacy has stood by the South Florida community focusing on health-and-wellness events for the entire family. Each year, Navarro partners with dozens of local nonprofit organizations that educate its customers on a variety of illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease. Wellness Wednesdays are held at each of Navarro’s 33 stores where customers can access free health screenings and receive advice from health professionals and pharmacists.