This month, we are going to highlight an amazing young girl, her family and the community that went above and beyond to support them during her health journey.
On August 2, 2013, Sophia V. and her family received her life-altering diagnosis of stage 4 ryhabdomyosarcoma alveolar. “Our world shattered— we knew something was very wrong with our sweet daughter,” said Jodi, Sophia’s mother.
An Incredible Community
For Sophia and her family, their community has had an incredible reaction to the diagnosis, providing nothing but support and care.
“Our community has shown tremendous support right from the get go. So many people have come together,” said Jodi. “To have fundraisers for Ronald McDonald House in Sophia’s honor, a beach bash concert for Sophia and childhood cancer awareness, cut-a-thons, and even a concert at her high school titled Shine for You. This was in addition to the cards, gift cards, wonderful meals continually being made for us, the prayer groups, and then of course the ROAR video.”
At the end of 2013, Sophia’s school in Ontario, Canada, decided to show their unified support by creating an uplifting video (provided below) dedicated to her. Jodi recalls, “The video had been kept a secret which in this day and age is incredible in itself! She went to school one day when they were prepping for it, but they were able to hide it from her.”
It was only later that they saw the video and were stunned. “Sophia first saw the video with her dad while she was receiving outpatient chemo and they were in absolute awe,” said Jodi “The video did more than just lift her spirits –Sophia is an incredible young lady, so strong and courageous, this video helped her soar.”
Jodi reflects, “We are so very fortunate [for our community]. We know that this support enables us to be stronger and better focused on our family and aiding our daughter’s return of health. We cannot thank everyone enough. I look forward to posting this article as a sign of this profound gratitude.”
Share your Thoughts
Do you find the “ROAR” video as inspiring as we do? We’d love to hear about amazing things your community has done for people during their health journey. Share your thoughts about the video, our Family of the Month and your amazing community in our comments section below.