In 2002, Sophia was just shy of being 2 years old when she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. After receiving chemo, having surgery to remove her tumor, stem cell transplants, radiation, and experimental antibody treatment at Sloane Kettering Cancer Center in NYC, and 6 months of Accutane, Sophia was off of treatment in December of 2003.
Unfortunately, just a few months later, Sophia relapsed with several lesions in her legs. After 6 more rounds of chemo and a bone marrow transplant, Sophia sadly lost her battle with cancer on December 23, 2004.
After her passing, Sophia’s parents asked a simple question, “What would Sophia want?” The answer was simple, but a significant one. Sophia would want them to help other families of sick children.
Today, Sophia’s Fund does just that. They raise money to help other families who are, unfortunately, in a similar situation. Sophia’s Fund is dedicated to helping families in their crusade against cancer; either financially or otherwise. They assist with life changes, raising awareness to gain greater support in the local and national communities, and ultimately strive to allow families to focus their energy on the battle.
Every year Sophia’s Fund raffles off a classic American muscle car to raise money for families of children battling pediatric cancer. The grand prize winner has the choice of a rare 1969 Pontiac Firebird, or $15,000!
If you would like more information, would like to donate, volunteer, or even purchase a raffle ticket for a car, please visit their website at http://www.sophiasfund.com/