Learn more about Sophie

St. Jude patient Sophie

2 years old

When Sophie was just a few months old, her parents, Brian and Jessica, began to notice that the baby’s left eye would wander. At Sophie’s 4-month well child checkup, they shared their concerns with their pediatrician, who examined Sophie’s eye and immediately referred the family to a specialist at a nearby hospital. The specialist ran more tests, and then delivered shocking news: Little Sophie had retinoblastoma, a type of eye cancer. Sophie’s doctor provided a referral St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

At St. Jude, Sophie began receiving chemotherapy and laser treatments. Through it all, Sophie was a trooper. “She never got sick,” said Jessica. “She actually likes coming to St. Jude, because she gets so much attention. The nurses love to carry her around and show her off.”

Sophie finished chemotherapy in May 2010, and she returns to St. Jude every seven weeks for checkups. In February 2011, scans revealed a possible new growth in Sophie's left eye, and it was but was successfully treated with cryotherapy. Sophie enjoys swimming, playing outside, finger painting and watching Disney Junior.


September 2012