A local Rockwall girl has been selected as a grand marshal for the Heroes for Children’s 11th Annual Heart of Gold 5K & Fun Run on Saturday.

Five-year-old Bella Robinson was one of three grand marshals selected. The long-distance event is conducted in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and helps raise money and create awareness for childhood cancer.

Only 12 days after her 5th birthday, Bella was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), a rapid acting cancer of the white blood cells.

Just a couple days after being cleared at a check-up, Bella seemly developed a cold. After being prescribed an antibiotic, her symptoms worsened according to her mother. Her parents took Bella back to the doctor where numerous tests were done. The next day she was diagnosed with leukemia.

Although she was suffering, Bella kept her head held high with a positive attitude about her treatments and remained happy and outgoing. She spent a lot of time in the hospital but loved meeting the other kids on the Pediatric Oncology floor at Medical City Children’s Hospital.

“We have so many new friendships,” Bella’s mother, Brittany Robinson, said. “We’re all battling together.”

The Heart of Gold 5K & Fun Run will be held Saturday at The Plaza at Galatyn Park in Richardson. The event begins with the annual commemorative balloon release, led by Heroes for Children co-founders Jenny Scott and Larissa Linton, followed by the Family Fun Run and 5K.

There will be a live DJ and an “Adventure Zone” for kids with games, activities, bounce houses, a rock climbing wall and a special area to honor and remember children who have been affected by cancer.

The long-distance running event will also include prizes, awards, giveaways, food and more according to the press release. Runners may register at https://thedriven.net/heroes5k.

Nicholas Huber may be reached at nhuber@heraldbanner.com.

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