As we all know, one of the most important things in the world of a child are birthdays. They look forward to their birthday for 364 days of the year. They dream about balloons, cake, gifts and a day of celebration. But, not Bella. She remembers being too sick to eat the cake given to her in the hospital. You see, that is exactly what childhood cancer tries to do. It takes moments of childhood innocence and rips them away. And that is exactly why we started Smile Books Project. To give kids like Bella moments of pure happiness and celebration back.
When we asked Bella what she would want her book to be about, she explained that she wanted to tell kids not to judge a book by its cover. Now that she doesn’t “look sick” to kids, they don’t understand that the effects of her disease still linger and challenge her daily. From the outside, she may look like a typical kid, but on the inside, she must overcome more than any child her age should. Bella Believes is about realizing that you can’t always see what others are going through from the outside. Instead of judging people, support them instead. This is more than just a book for kids, this is a lesson for all ages.
Thank you, Bella, for the courage and strength you have shared with us. We hope everyone reading this book will be inspired by Bella to refrain from judging people and embrace the beauty of being individuals.