Sophia Waring is anything but shy. This outgoing, high-energy, 4-year-old never stops smiling, even when she’s not feeling her best. Sophia was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia the day after Thanksgiving in November 2013.
Mom and Dad were in shock, and Sophia didn’t know what to make of any of it. Child life specialists explained to Sophia that she had sick blood, but they were going to make her better soon. She quickly got used to regular trips to the hospital, and was always excited to see her new best friends – the nursing staff.
Through months of treatment and lots of ups and down, Sophia remained the spunky little girl she always was, and made her family proud. She was selected as a patient Ambassador for the Parkway Run & Walk, an annual event benefiting pediatric cancer research and survivorship programs at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
The Sunday, Sept. 28 fundraiser, which is the largest for the Cancer Center each year, is also the capstone of CHOP’s celebration of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Do your part this September. Speak up for Sophia.
Become an advocate for greater funding of childhood cancer research, and you can help change the future.