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Bella Impresses the Crowd at the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend

Born premature, Bella spent her first 18 months in a CMN Hospital. She is one of the youngest in the United States to receive a heart and lung transplant. Today, Bella is a thriving 7-year-old and thrilled spectators while running her first race during the 2019 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend.

Disney Princess Half Marathon Kids’ Races

Running gives Bella a chance to exercise her lungs and she chose to run the dash with her twin sister, Jessy, and her older sister Mia.

As she fell behind the runners, the emcee and crowd got behind her, cheering her on as Minnie helped her along the track to the finish line.

Run to Help Kids Like Bella

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is the celebrated charity for the 2020 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend. Funds raised for CMN Hospitals in conjunction with this magical event will help kids grow up happily ever after. If you have registered to run with runDisney and wish to make a commitment to support CMN Hospitals, dedicate your run to kids like Bella and register to fundraise.

How Donations Help Kids Like Bella

To provide the best care for kids, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals rely on donations and community support. Various fundraising partners and programs, like the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, support its mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

Funds from CMN Hospitals also provide the most advanced medical technology and treatment available, ensuring that Bella receives the best care possible from 11 specialists at the hospital. Recently, the pediatric department also received new tools to visualize airways in kids like Bella because of funds from CMN Hospitals.

BELLA’S DISNEY PRINCESS HALF MARATHON EXPERIENCE

Bella delighted 275 Miracle Maker runners, participants who raise money for CMN Hospitals, while her mom, Krystina, told her story of hope and healing.

After birth, her life expectancy was 7 months, but UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital was able to double her lifetime to 14 months, when she received her heart and lung transplant. Her family slept by her side throughout her hospital journey on one of the many pullout couches, funded by donations to CMN Hospitals.

“The only way I was able to witness her first laugh ever was because I was able to sleep in a pullout couch,” said Krystina. “You would never think, ‘I’m so thankful for that pullout couch’ but I am thankful for that pullout couch. CMN Hospitals raised the funds to buy that pullout couch.”

Disney Princess Half Marathon Morning

The Half Marathon kicked off Sunday, Feb 24 with Bella and her Mom, Krystina, telling Bella’s miraculous medical story to over 20,000 runners corralled to start.

When asked what her favorite thing to do at Disney is, Bella announced, “Play with my doll!”

Along with Minnie and Mickey Mouse, Bella, her mom and Miss America were invited to hold the finish line tape to welcome in the first finisher, top male finisher and top female finisher.

Thank you to all the generous runners who fundraise to support local children’s hospitals and help kids grow up happily ever after.