Vanessa & Kobe Bryant's Daughter Natalia Supports Foundation Helping Kids Fight Cancer in a Post
Natalia Bryant, the oldest daughter of late basketball legend Kobe Bryant and wife Vanessa, is lending a voice to a laudable philanthropic cause.
Earlier this week, the 17-year-old shared a picture on her Instagram page. In the photo, she smiled from ear to ear, while holding a sign from the Never Ever Give Up Foundation.
Also known as N.E.G.U., the foundation helps to inspire kids with cancer to keep fighting. It was established by Jessica Joy Rees, a teenager who put her cancer diagnosis to good use by reaching out to children facing a similar struggle.
Jessie started N.E.G.U back in 2011 as a means of raising awareness for pediatric cancer, after she got her diagnosis. Sadly, however, she died as a result of her ailment, a year later.
To celebrate what would have been Jessie's birthday, Natalia showed support for her foundation, which is still operational today. She captioned her picture:
"In honor of Jessie's birthday♥️#negu4jess #no1fightsalone@teamnegu #neverevergiveup."
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Smile: by Nat King Cole Smile though your heart is aching Smile even though it's breaking When there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by If you smile through your fear and sorrow Smile and maybe tomorrow You'll see the sun come shining through for you Light up your face with gladness Hide every trace of sadness Although a tear may be ever so near That's the time you must keep on trying Smile, what's the use of crying? You'll find that life is still worthwhile If you just smile That's the time you must keep on trying Smile, what's the use of crying? You'll find that life is still worthwhile If you just smile
Of course, Natalia hasn't been the most vocal member of the Bryant family since Kobe died earlier this year. That has been her mother, Vanessa.
In the months since Kobe passed away, the Bryant family has been through quite a lot. However, they've also gotten a lot of love and support from friends, family members, and fans. On several occasions, she has come out to express her appreciation.
Vanessa has been working with lawyers to include the 10-month-old girl in the trust.
Earlier this month, the Basketball Hall of Fame inducted Kobe. This essentially put the Los Angeles Lakers star in the company of the game's most celebrated names.
Speaking on the accomplishment, Vanessa explained that this would have been the height of her husband's career. In an interview with ESPN, she explained:
"Every accomplishment that he had as an athlete was a steppingstone to be here...We're incredibly proud of him."
Vanessa has stepped up for her children, in the months following Kobe's death. She's currently fighting to secure the future of her last child, Capri, by including her in Kobe's trustfund.
Per reports, Kobe had always amended his trust to include all his children since 2003. However, he last did so in 2017 – before the couple had Capri. So, Vanessa has been working with lawyers to include the 10-month-old girl in the trust.
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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️
Vanessa has petitioned a judge to do so, claiming that Kobe would have done the same if he hadn't died. Given that Kobe was a committed family man, there doesn't seem to be any falsehood in that.