Can you help Sofia win her third battle with cancer?
By Marina - Project Leader
Little Sofia is now 3. When she was one year old, she suddenly stopped walking. After multiple evaluations, she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer, and referred to a Children’s hospital in Kyiv, Ukraine. The first cycle of chemotherapy was such a shock to Sofia that she spent 10 days in ICU on a ventilator. These were terrifying days for her parents, but Sofia pulled through and responded to treatment. The response lasted only a few months, however. Sofia was hospitalized again and spent another year on chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Once the disease was taken under control, Sofia began recovery and learning to walk, run, and ride a scooter like other kids her age. Yet cancer recurred again, this time as metastases in her lungs.
After the surgery to remove them, Sofia’s parents decided to take their daughter abroad to a hospital in Turkey to make sure she is able to access modern treatment and better care. Little Sofia will get more chemotherapy followed by a transplant of her own stem cells to ensure she stays in remission. Despite all the challenges of cancer treatment, Sofia is a happy and lively child. Her family desperatley wants her to conquer cancer and have a normal childhood like her peers, but they need help. Years of cancer treatment have drained them not only emotionally but also financially. Travel, lodging and living expenses will be difficult for them to shoulder in addition to paying for cancer care.
Our project exists to support patients like Sofia and her family, and to help them access the level of cancer care that is available to most patients in developed countries. We really appreciate your support and so far this year we were able to help 17 other families of children with cancer. We would love to help even more families that strive for get their kids better chances at beating cancer. Thanks again for your continuing support!
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