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LeBron James and Dwyane Wade honor young girl who died of cancer

May 29, 2013|By Melissa Rohlin
  • Miami Heat stars Dwyane Wade, left, and LeBron James honored a young girl who died of cancer on Tuesday.
Miami Heat stars Dwyane Wade, left, and LeBron James honored a young girl… (Joe Cavaretta / SunSentinel )

Bella Rodriguez-Torres, a 10-year-old girl who had fought cancer since the age of 4, died Tuesday in South Florida.

Her story touched many people, including Miami Heat superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

During Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, both players wrote #LiveLikeBella on their sneakers to honor the young girl. 

"[Dwyane] came to me with the story today, it was a no-brainer," James told reporters. "It's sad. It puts everything in perspective. At the end of the day, this game is just basketball. Two great teams, we're competing. But it's just basketball.

"You have a little girl, or any kid that loses her life over an illness," James continued. "It's very sad. It's very sad … what happened to Bella puts everything in perspective."

Rodriguez-Torres, who was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, went through chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

She had more than 60,000 fans on Facebook and a large presence on Twitter, where #LiveLikeBella was trending Tuesday. 

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