Thousands of cancer survivors, research supporters, and friends and family of cancer victims are expected to take to the streets of Los Angeles on Saturday for the sixth Annual Brittiana "Smile for Life" 5-K walk/run. Beginning at 9 a.m. at the Kenneth Hahn Park & Trails, the event will honor Brittiana Henderson, who fell victim to cancer at age 13 on Jan. 31, 2007, and children who are fighting the deadly illness.
Brittiana succumbed to bone cancer and leukemia.
Award-winning R&B singer Jill Scott will host the event alongside 11-year-old Amir Mitchelle Townes, who was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a muscular cancer, at the age of 10. Amir continues to battle for life and others by raising the awareness about cancer.
Amir saved $167 of his allowance and donated it to BrittiCares International, an organization named in honor of Brittiana to help children like himself. The donated funds were used to purchase items for 9-year-old cancer patient Taylor Hall. "I am a winner, and I am not only fighting for myself, but I am fighting for all other kids battling cancer," Amir said.
His contribution went toward purchasing comforters, lamps and other items in Taylor's newly decorated bedroom. Although Taylor lost her battle with cancer on April 3, family and friends say she felt the love and support from everyone around her.