Mia's dream is to be a princess when she grows up.
And like her favorite princess, Snow White, she is cheerful and friendly, always showing affection to those around her.
Mia steals the heart of everyone who meets her. She leaves her mark wherever she goes; she always leaves that love for others. She’s a treasure.
Families, like Mia's, will never receive a bill from St. Jude for anything.
Mia also has an independent streak and a strength of will that has helped her face up to some very difficult challenges.
One day, after running and playing in the park, Mia had some unusual cramps in her leg.
The cause was neurological; Mia had a cancerous brain tumor called anaplastic ependymoma.
“My world came crashing down,” says her dad, Jorge. “The first thing my wife said to me was, ‘We’re going to fight.’ We would fight to the very end.”
After undergoing surgery in her home country of Nicaragua, Mia was referred to St. Jude where she received proton therapy as part of her treatment.
St. Jude has given us everything. The flight from Nicaragua, our meals, housing, medicine, treatment, everything we need. We haven’t had to pay for a thing. It's a dream come true.
Mia loves to do puzzles and play with Lego and dolls, her favorite being Snow White.
And in spite of everything, her mom says that Mia has never stopped smiling.
“With everything she has been through, she has never lost her joy, her enthusiasm, her will to keep going, her dreams,” says her mom. “She’s always talking about tomorrow.”
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