After Sonny Alfieri was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 8 months old, he spent nearly four months as an inpatient at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. His parents tried to make it as much like home as possible, bringing in toys for their baby and taking him on stroller-rides through the halls.
Through it all, Sonny remained happy as could be. “He would always smile at me and just try to make us feel better,” his mom recalls. “He’s just a happy baby. He wakes up happy, even in the hospital.”
Now 19 months, Sonny is home and doing great. He enjoys stroller-rides through his neighborhood and recently learned to walk. He loves to run around the yard and point out birds!
Sonny is a 2014 Parkway Run and Walk Ambassador. On Sunday, Sept. 28, he and his stroller will join the thousands of participants in this annual event, which has raised millions for pediatric cancer research at CHOP. It’s a great way to commemorate the end of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Run for Sonny!
Register for the Parkway Run & Walk, benefiting childhood cancer research and survivorship programs at CHOP.