Who We Are
On 24th September 2003 I was told my worst nightmare. The words “Sophie has a tumour” will live with me forever.
Sophie was 5½ years old and had been a normal, bright, cheerful, bubbly and healthy child with a zest for life. She loved Barbie, anything pink and most importantly her friends and family. It soon became obvious that our lives would never be the same again. Normality suddenly took on a very different meaning.
Sophie dealt with her illness with bravery and dignity way beyond her years. Normal for Sophie became day after day, week after week and month after month in hospital undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy, major pioneering operations and numerous transfusions. She made many friends who were also undergoing treatments for childhood cancers.
Sophie lost her battle against this horrible disease on 9th December 2004 at just 6½ years old. When she died a big part of me died with her and I will never be the same again. Not a day goes by when I don’t think of my princess, but setting up this charity has helped me cope with my loss. Knowing we are doing all we can to help others in our situation is what Sophie would have wanted. While you are reading this someone, somewhere is being told their worst nightmare.
I would like to thank all friends, loyal supporters and the medical staff who work so hard to help us continue to provide support, treatment and research into childhood diseases.
Lin Barringer – Sophie’s Mummy