Bella Noka was born in Providence, Rhode Island and through her early years encountered the normal challenges of finding her way in the often complicated world of adolescence. Being different in a world where ‘fitting in’ is high on the socially accepted order of things was just as difficult then, as it is today. Learning how to deal with bullying, intimidation, anger, and frustration all came with the territory. She was taught to embrace her own identity. That she was special, as are all children. That she had a great responsibility to protect the unique flower that blooms within her and not let anyone pick that flower. Bella learned that lesson well, and as she grew older and moved on in her life, she became a passionate advocate and activist for the cause of others. Each child is special… unique, like a flower and needs love, respect, and protection to grow and bloom to their fullest potential.