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5th Annual Brittiana 'Smile For Life' 5k run/walk - Helping Children Survive Cancer One Smile at a Time

BrittiCares International will hold the 5th Annual Brittiana “Smile For Life” 5k run/walk on Saturday, May 29, 2010 at Pacific Palisades High. Hosted by Actor/Comedian Chris Tucker, co-hosted by Monique Coleman - of Disney's High School Musical and finalist of Dancing With The Stars third season. Also celebrity appearances including KeKe Palmer of True Jackson VP. Proceeds go towards helping children survive cancer one smile at a time. Registration is online at

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 14, 2010 -- Britticares International presents a Memorial Day weekend blast at the 5th annual Brittiana “Smile For Life” 5k run/walk fund-raising event on Saturday, May 29, 2010 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Hosted by Actor/Comedian Chris Tucker, co-hosted by Monique Coleman - of Disney's High School Musical and finalist of Dancing With The Stars third season, and celebrity appearances including KeKe Palmer of True Jackson VP, the event is a family, fun-filled day. Registration is online at

The city course race starts at Pacific Palisades High School, continuing up Temescal Canyon Road to West Sunset Boulevard and pass the scenic Bluffs, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A fun run is optional on Pacific Palisades High School’s beautiful track. Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Blood Mobile (for informational purposes), Be The Match Marrow Registry, vendor booths, shopping, rock climbing, face painting, celebrity autographs, food, games and much more, are all included to create awareness and much needed funds to assist children battling cancer and their families.

The 5th Annual Brittiana “Smile For Life” 5K run/walk marks a special time for the organization as, co-founder Brittiana Henderson, would have been going to her senior prom and graduating this year had she not been diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (a rare form of bone cancer), while later succumbing to leukemia at the tender age of 13 (this year, several scholarships will be given in her memory).

"Smile For Life" was Brittiana's mission for enhancing the quality of life in children suffering from cancer and serious blood disease. In a poem written by Brittiana entitled, "Where I'm From," she expresses the livelihood of herself, and other children suffering from cancer, while never letting her faith stray. "Where I'm from, doubt was not in my vocabulary, for all I had was faith and belief. Where I'm from, you never give up, because life brings challenges and challenges bring strength."

Before the race, as done each year, a special ceremony takes place, which includes: a dedicated song and dance, recognition, honor of patients, and a heartfelt Victory Lap for all cancer survivors, cancer Angeles, and those of all ages who are battling cancer. During this inspirational lap, participants unite by holding hands and walking one lap for themselves, and/or in support of a loved one.

Event entertainment includes a special performance by Interscope recording artist, R&B sensation Mishon, comedian/actor Ricky Harris, Lakers Girls and a host of others. Also, meet NASA astronaut James M. Kelly during a meet and greet while in his space suit. Kelly’s flight experience includes Space Shuttle Missions visiting the International Space Station on STS 102 Discovery and STS-114 Discovery. Kelly is also a retired USAF Colonel.

Registration fees are $30 adults, $20 kids ages 17-6, $85 family pack (two adults two kids) free for ages 5 and under, group rates are available. Register online at . Brtiitana “Smile For Life” 5k run/walk sponsors include: Pepsi Cola, Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Westside, DG Events & Roadstoves. Food vendors include special appearances by catering truck Koji BBQ and Grilled Cheese Truck. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available. For more information on Britticares International please log on to or

About BrittiCares International
Jamie and Shirell Henderson founded BrittiCares International after their 10-year-old daughter, Brittiana Rene Henderson, was diagnosed with bone cancer and later leukemia. Brittiana courageously fought the disease, never losing hope or faith, and always exuding love for others. Visiting children in the same hospital, reading to them, and spending time with them, Brittiana would always take the focus away from herself by focusing on others.

Brittiana's battle came to an end January 31, 2007, but not before becoming a forerunner in helping other children with similar challenges, get through their battle with hope, love, and lots of smiles. BrittiCares offers "Imagine Me" Bedroom Makeovers, Celebrity Connections, Patient Party Times, New Patient Care Bags, Blood & Marrow Drives, Financial Assistance, Holiday Adopt a Family & Dinners, Hospital assistance, Scholarships and other uplifting programs that promote comfort and joy during such a difficult challenge.


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