About Sophia's Fund
Our mission at Sophia's Fund is derived from a simple question, "What would Sophie want?" Sophia's Fund is dedicated to helping families in their crusade against cancer; either financially or otherwise. We 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.
Sophia was just under two years old when she was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma on August 14, 2002. Sophia received five rounds of chemotherapy, surgery to remove the tumor in her abdomen, two autologus stem cell transplants, radiation to her tumor sight and her orbits, experimental antibody treatment at Sloane Kettering Cancer Center in NYC, and 6 months of accutane (cys-retinoic acid). She was finally off treatment in December 2003.
Sadly, Sophia relapsed in March 2004 with several lesions in both legs. She had six rounds of various types of chemotherapy and had an Allogeneic Bone Marrow transplant the first week of September 2004 in hopes to save her life. She tragically lost her battle with this awful disease on December 23, 2004.
The enormity of childhood cancer cannot be known until one goes through this ordeal. From a parent needing to leave work to care for their child, to other siblings dealing with the trauma of having a brother or sister with a life threatening disease. The need for support is great, and Sophia’s Fund strives to do that even in the smallest of ways.