Foundation Aims to Help Families Battling Pediatric Brain Tumors

Gabriella's Smile Foundation aims to help families battling pediatric brain tumors in honor of 6-year-old Baby G.

SAN ANTONIO -- If the Torres family ever needs a reason to smile, they only have look one place.

Gabriella Torres, lovingly nicknamed "Baby G", passed away in November one week after her 6th birthday.

Just 7 months earlier she was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma or DIPG.

"I asked the physician, 'Is my daughter going to survive 2015?' and he said no," said Gabriella's father Cecilio Torres. "It was crushing. It was unbearable."

From that day on, her family made every moment count.

"We tried to take a picture of her smiling every day," said her mom, Isabel Torres. "She had it down good. She could smile and pretty much get anything she wanted."

"Despite the tumor, she tried really hard and we could see it," said Cecilio. "As difficult as the day may be, or the trials we face, we always remember our little girl fought really hard and always smiled."

With that, her parents started Gabriella's Smile Foundation.

It's a nonprofit aimed at helping families in San Antonio battling DIPG and pediatric brain tumors.

"The burden of cancer is immense on a family and we want to lighten that burden," said Isabel.

"What better way to honor our little girl than to give that back? With any cancer you don't know what the end is going to be, but I think it's important to smile every day," said Cecilio.

Gabriella's Smile Foundation is one of hundreds of nonprofits participating in The Big Give this year, which is on May 3.

The 24-hour event encourages people to donate to their favorite cause online.

For more information about Gabriella's Smile Foundation, go here.

For more information on the Big Give, go here.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off