"Zen's Birth Has Now Transformed Into 'Zen's Light'"

Nick Cannon and Alyssa Scott have a new foundation to honor their late son, Zen Cannon. The celebrity parents announced the launching of their new nonprofit, Zen’s Light Foundation, which will provide support to parents of children battling pediatric cancers.


Zen Cannon died last December after battling a brain tumor that was discovered when he was two months old. Nick Cannon and Alyssa Scott worked with the doctors to save their son’s life. In the end, though, Zen succumbed to the condition at five months old.

Alyssa took to Instagram last week to celebrate what would have been Zen’s first birthday. “Happy heavenly birthday Zen,” Alyssa wrote to her son. “At the root of all the emotions I have today there is insurmountable love,” the Wild ‘N Out model shared. “I always try my best to remain positive but right now I can’t help but cry out ‘it’s not suppose[d] to be like this.'”

“In my mind I can see him smashing his cake and crawling around, tugging at my legs. But the reality is I will be the one to blow out his first candle. I will be wishing he was still here with us. GO REST HIGH.”

Nick Cannon and Alyssa Scott took to Instagram hours after her birthday message to their late son to announce the launch of Zen’s Light Foundation. “June 23rd will forever be a day of celebration,” Nick said of his son’s birthday and the launch of his and Alyssa’s new foundation. “Zen’s birth has now transformed into ‘Zen’s Light,'” Cannon shared.

“We are proud to announce his new foundation that will help so many others in this world,” Nick went on to tell his social media followers. ‘Zen’s Light’ mission is to foster global excellence in hope, grief care, and pediatric healthcare for families and children in need.”

Nick Cannon and Alyssa Scott held an inaugural event in collaboration with the Children’s Hospital of Orange County and other organizations. “Can’t wait for next year where (sic) our Lighting Gala will continue [to] grow to help find a cure for pediatric cancer, further research, and help console more families during difficult times.”

Photos: Clifton Prescod



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