Honored Kid

Sofia R.

Age 5
Sofia R. Kid Photo


Sunnyvale, CA, US


Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

November 2022


In treatment

Treated At

Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara

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My Story

Sofia was diagnosed with ALL on Nov 30, 2022. Prior to this, she was a normal 3 year old. She loved gymnastics, especially hanging from the bars; and climbing tall playground structures. She became sick with RSV in October of 2022, and after it seemed like she had recovered, she came down with another respiratory virus. It was very unusual for her not to bounce back. My husband and I noticed her losing weight, her appetite decreasing, and her skin turning pale. She was lethargic, not her usual energetic self. She wanted to nap, and be pushed in a stroller. We knew something was wrong. Right before Thanksgiving we expressed to our pediatrician our concern and asked for a blood panel. My husband took her to get her blood drawn the Monday after Thanksgiving. On Tuesday morning, I received a phone call at 8am from a nurse. The nurse told me I needed to drop everything and take my daughter in right away. My daughter having cancer never crossed my mind. However, over the course of 24 hours, my husband and I would hear it confirmed…our daughter Sofia was diagnosed with B-cell ALL on Nov 30, 2022. She stayed in the hospital for 3 weeks. Our only prayer was that she would come home for Christmas. And it was answered! 

Sofia is now almost 5, and has about a year left of treatment. Her official end date will be Feb 24, 2025. She has been so strong through this fight and we are amazed at her ability to keep living a normal life. Her body hasn't had any bad side effects to the drugs, and she is able to eat normally and stay active. She is in Maintenance, and takes oral chemo daily and goes to the clinic once a month for blood draws. She is doing school at home, and enjoys playing with her dolls, reading, baking with Mom, eating pancakes, and playing card games. She is also excited to be a big sister in May! 

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