Miami-Dade Street Being Renamed in Honor of Bella Rodriguez-Torres

"Live Like Bella Way" to be named for 10-year-old who battled cancer

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013  |  Updated 8:47 AM EDT
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Bella Rodriguez-Torres, 10, lost her six-year battle with cancer on Tuesday. On Friday, she was laid to rest surrounded by hundreds of friends and family. Miami Police Sgt. Javier Ortiz and Bella's uncle and godfather, Ralph Rodriguez-Torres, spoke about her.

Bella Rodriguez-Torres, 10, lost her six-year battle with cancer on Tuesday. On Friday, she was laid to rest surrounded by hundreds of friends and family. Miami Police Sgt. Javier Ortiz and Bella's uncle and godfather, Ralph Rodriguez-Torres, spoke about her.

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Miami Police Hold Bicycle Ride for Bella

Members of the Miami Police Department are taking part in a bicycle ride to Key West Wednesday to honor a South Florida girl who lost her long battle against cancer last week. The officers will embark on the 180-mile, two-day ride in honor of 10-year-old Bella Rodriguez-Torres. Officer Suzy Izaguirre, Officer Rene Pimentel, Sgt. Freddie Cruz, and Chief Manuel Orosa comment.

Bald for Bella

Nearly 100 people, including several Miami Police officers, have their heads shaved in honor of Bella Rodriguez-Torres, who lost her battle against cancer last week.
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A 10-year-old South Florida girl who lost her brave fight against cancer earlier this year is being honored with a street naming in Miami-Dade.

Miami-Dade County Commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday to rename Southwest 107th Avenue from 120th Street to 136th Street "Live Like Bella Way" in honor of Bella Rodriguez-Torres.

The unveiling will take place at a ceremony on Sept. 30.


"I feel so humbled and blessed by this act in Bella's memory," read a post on the "Live Like Bella" Facebook page Tuesday. "May God bless all who commute on Live Like Bella Way!"

Bella lost her six-year battle with cancer in May after an outpouring of support in South Florida and across the country. The words "Live Like Bella" became a rallying cry by celebrities including the Miami Heat, Justin Bieber and thousands on Facebook and Twitter.


Members of the Miami Police Department took part in a bicycle ride to Key West in June in memory of Bella, who had dreamed of becoming a police officer.

For more information, go to LiveLikeBella.org.

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