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In honor of her late brother Miyagi, who passed away from cancer in 2012, Jhené Aiko has launched a foundation that aims to bring both hope and financial support to diagnosed patients and their families, according to Billboard.
Announced on Christmas, the WAYS Foundation is derived from the acronym "Why aren't you smiling," a tweet Miyagi sent during his treatment in hopes of bringing humor.
Aiko said about the outreach, "This Christmas, I decided to gift my family with the 'WAYS Foundation,' something my family and I have had in the works since the passing of my brother. I decided to make a donation on my family's behalf in which we plan to continue to help people and families affected by cancer."
To kick it off, Aiko donated, as a surprise, $15,000 to cover the medical bills of five-year-old Lily Olive Cosby from Eagle Rock, Calif. who is currently battling leukemia.
This Christmas, I decided to gift my family with the “WAYS Foundation” in memoriam of my brother, Miyagi. Instead of the traditional gift exchange, I decided to make a donation on my family's behalf to a beautiful 5 year old girl named Lily Olive Cosby and her family. Lily’s story touched me and my families hearts and she made our Christmas the best one yet 🙏🏼 #WAYSFoundation @ways_foundation
thank you @bravegowns for all that you do and for introducing us to this amazing family! you are a real life angel 🙏🏼❤️ and thank you to the Cosby Family for welcoming my family into their home. and thank you to my beautiful siblings, parents and daughter for having the biggest hearts and teaching me and everyone they encounter, compassion. I love you guys ❤️ With our newly launched WAYS Foundation, we will continue this Christmas tradition of donating to a family in need, as well as give back in numerous ways throughout the years to come in an effort to help bring hope, comfort, compassion and financial assistance to those affected by cancer. #WhyArentYouSmiling #WAYS #WAYSFoundation @ways_foundation
@zachiam ,what an amazing big brother you are! If it weren’t for you we wouldnt have known Lily’s story. thank you for your bravery during this difficult time. and thank you Lily for brightening up me and my families hearts ❤️ We love you Lily and the Cosby Family! you are in our thoughts and prayers always! #WhyArentYouSmiling #WAYS #WAYFoundation @ways_foundation