Meet Sophia. She's one of the most powerful little girls you'll ever know. Her mother Stacey is a friend of mine and she can tell you better than anyone else how special Sophia is. When I told Stacey I wanted to add a feature to my blog that would allow people to donate to Team Sophia she said,
I love the idea. Mostly,I love the world knowing the miracle girl who teaches me daily to dig deeply, love unconditionally, and forgive before the sun sets. The world is better because if her.
Sophia does give us all the chance to be better people. She was born prematurely, with a number of challenges that might have thwarted a lesser kid. She's on first-name basis with most of the staff in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Giraffe acute-care floor at Seattle Children's Hospital. She also has a committed group of nurses and physical therapists who work with her at home. Most recently, she was diagnosed with a Wilm's tumor, so now she's sharing her sunshine with the staff in the chemo clinic (no more long blond hair!) and on the heme-onc floor.
But you know what? Sophia really wants to share her sunshine with her grandmother in Hawaii. Her goal is to make a trip this June, but she needs help. It's not just Mom and Soph and a carseat and some carry-ons. Stacey's a single mom, and she will buy plane tickets for a couple nurses who will travel with her to help with Sophia's specialized needs. And there's equipment - portable suction and emergency oxygen and the like. It's all got to go, too.
The biggest bonus to developing a blog is the feeling that it's part of a larger community, that there are people who check in here to see what's going on in the life and writing of Liv Rancourt. Well, now I want to take it another step. Become a part of this community by donating to Team Sophia. 100% of your contributions will go to Sophia and Stacey. There are no administrative costs - money goes through Paypal into a Bank of America account that has been set up for them. The money will make it possible for them to go see Grandma and to improve their home environment so it is better suited to Sophia's needs. I'll post periodic updates so you know how Sophia's doing. And for sure I'll post pictures of their Hawaiian vacation!