Sophia is a happy, funny, typical 15-month-old. She's just starting to walk and talk and show her personality to the world.
But in July of 2021, it was discovered that Sophia had a rare and aggressive germ cell tumour.
It all started when Sophia’s mum noticed that Sophia had a swollen left eye and took her to the doctor. The doctor diagnosed it as conjunctivitis, but soon afterwards, Sophia also developed a fever.
Her mum became more concerned and took her straight to the hospital, where Sophia had an MRI that indicated the appearance of a large mass behind Sophia’s left eye.
Sophia was then transferred to Westmead hospital where her family was given the heartbreaking news...
Doctors had found a large, aggressive tumour behind the left side of her face, in the sinonasal region. Little Sophia was diagnosed with a rare germ cell tumour.
Since her diagnosis, Sophia has endured an MRI, CT scans, PET scans, a nasal endoscopy, a surgery, a biopsy, a central line insertion, 3 rounds of chemotherapy and multiple blood transfusions.
But, in December of 2021, Sophia rang the bell to signify that she is now cancer-free!
Sophia’s mum told us, “From 3 months old, we have called Sophia "small but strong" and it is just so fitting because over the last few months she has been just so strong and resilient. She has taught us so much.”
Sophia, we’re riding for YOU this October, inspired by your strength and resilience. GO SOPHIA!