Brittiana 'Smile For Life' 5k was initiated by Brittiana Rene Henderson, who was diagnosed with bone cancer(osteogenic sarcoma) at the age of 10. Brittiana went into remission for 14 months, and developed leukemia at age 12. After a courageous one year battle with leukemia, Brittiana passed away due to complications.
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 Angeles, 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.
Past honorees include: Actor/Comedian Chris Tucker, Grammy Award Winning Vocalist Jill Scott, Tyler Williams(Everybody Hates Chris), KeKe Palmer(True Jackson VP), Chelsea Tavares(Unfabulous), Chris & Kyle Massey(That's So Raven), Paige Hurd(Beauty Shop), Mishon(R&B Vocalist), Derek Strong(NASCAR), Chester Pitts(NFL Houston Texans),Jamie Jones(Grammy Award Winning Vocalist), Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Be The Match and many others.