April 22, 2020
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."
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.
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.