10-year-old Midland girl Isabella (Bella) Gamboa has faced many challenges in her short life.
She’s overcome 15 procedures and has been diagnosed over the years with the following: cerebral palsy, epilepsy, hydrocephalus, brain malformation, osteoporosis, chronic intestinal pseudo obstruction, neurogenic bowels.
She’s visited more than 10 doctors and recently had surgery in July to replace a Ileostomy bag.
It’s a special bag used to collect waste that usually pass through the large intestine and out of the body.
The procedure was unsuccessful and her family says now her intestines are paralyzed and are no longer tolerating nutrition.
On September 29th, 2017 she got very ill and was transferred to Children’s Cook Hospital in Fort Worth.
Her family was given the news on September 30th that doctors believed she would have 3 weeks left to live.
Her Grandparents Ted & Janie Velarde say the news was very hard for the entire family.
Bella’s final wish was to go to the beach one last time.
When Officer Damon Cole found out he said he knew he had to help.
He’s a Police Officer with the Fort Worth Police Department and has made it his mission to help sick kids happy by letting them know they’re his heroes.
In the past couple of years he’s driven to children’s hospitals across the country dressed as superheroes like Batman, Ironman and Captain America to gives kids like Bella the opportunity to meet their heroes.
His hope, to give joy, and to ease the strain of living in a hospital room.
He created a GoFundMe page for Bella and made her wish possible, along with sending her family to Disneyland in California.
The fundraising campaign raised more than six-thousand dollars with dozens of people donating.
All proceeds went to what her family is calling her ‘final trip’, and any remaining money will be used for her funeral arrangements.
Officer Cole is the founder of Heroes and Cops Against Childhood Cancer and teamed up with the Midland Police Department to have a fundraiser where Mayor Jerry Morales will give a proclamation to Bella and her family.
The event titled, “Superhero Bella Fundraiser” takes place Monday, October 16th at Monterrey Restaurant located at 3323 N. Midland Drive from 3pm to 9pm.
The restaurant will be open as normal for people to come have dinner and they will be donating some of the proceeds they make that day to Bella’s family.
Here’s a schedule of events:
– 5pm to 7pm: Officer Damon Cole will be dressed as Batman.
– 5pm: Bella and her family will arrive.
– 5:15pm: Mayor Morales will give the Proclamation to Bella and her family.
– 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm: Swearing-In Ceremony for Bella and her brother, Josiah.
– 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm: Midland Police – Department’s SWAT vehicle and Midland Fire Department’s truck are scheduled to be there as well as patrol vehicles.
Bella and her parents will leave whenever Bella is tired and ready to go home.
Officer Cole will be at the event from 3pm to 9pm and 5pm to 7pm as Batman.
The public is invited to come out and show support to Hero Bella and her family from 5 pm to 5:30 pm.
Officer Cole say’s he wants Bella and her family to know that they are loved and they have ALL of our support.
He says ALL donations will go to Bella and her family.