BrittiCares International is a non-profit organization, committed to making a difference in the lives of children diagnosed with cancer and their families. The inspiration of the organization came from a little girl named Brittiana Henderson who was first diagnosed with Osteogenic Sarcoma (bone cancer) and later developed leukemia where she fought courageously, without complaining, while assisting other children with cancer to defeat the pernicious disease. Although Brittiana’s battle against Leukemia came to an end, the efforts of BCI have not diminished. BCI wishes to raise funds and public awareness to combat this disease.
“Congratulations to BrittiCares International as they continue to be a beacon of light and champions of hope by bringing smiles into the lives of children with cancer,” says Chris Tucker. "I salute you in your mission to honor the precious memory of Brittiana Renee Henderson of whom I call “Little Sister” by making sure that the world will never forget and can always feel the warmth of her beautiful spirit."
Celebrities expected to attend the event include Monique Coleman [Disney’s High School Musical], Keke Palmer [True Jackson], a performance by R&B sensation Mishon, comedian/actor Ricky Harris, Laker Girls, astronaut James M. Kelly [meet and greet wearing his space suit] and others.
The title of the walk came effortlessly, because, through Brittiana’s challenges, it was rare to catch her without a smile. She would often say “I’m smiling, because, I’m living”. Brittiana wanted to put that same smile on the faces of other children battling cancer, and during her own battle, founded BrittiCares International, where its mission is ‘Helping Children Survive Cancer’ one smile at a time.
Brittiana ‘Smile For Life’ 5K Run/Walk has become BrittiCares signature fundraising and cancer awareness event, and is powered by family and friends, volunteers, hospital, community and celebrity supporters and sponsors for their good works and contributions in helping to change lives.
The tradition of this heart warming event, begins with a tribute song and dance, followed by a unity lap that honors cancer Angels, survivors, and patients of all ages. Now, the race begins!
The efforts behind Brittiana ‘Smile For Life’ 5k are to generate vital funds for research, direct assistance & uplifting support for childhood cancer patients and their families, blood & marrow drives, and to raise awareness about the increasing prevalence of childhood cancer, and the need to help make a difference.
To find out more about the event, which takes place at Pacific Palisades High School, click here.