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Pediatric Cancer Patient Gives Back

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Sophia Espiritu, a pediatric cancer patient at Stony Brook Cancer Center, didn’t want any gifts for her 10th birthday. Instead, she had her heart set on gifting to other kids like her.

With the help of her family and Tamarac Elementary School, Sophia was able to raise nearly $13,000 dollars to buy ComfyChemo shirts for other pediatric patients at Stony Brook Cancer Center. The ComfyChemo shirts allow easy access to chemotherapy ports, while being colorful and comfortable. Word of her fundraiser even reached New York Islanders captain Anders Lee and player Matt Martin, who donated 100 shirts for her cause. All together, Sophia raised 700-plus ComfyChemo shirts.

A large portion of the shirts were donated on December 5th, Sophia’s 10th birthday. To thank her for her generosity, Stony Brook’s Child Life staff helped Sophia’s mom, Melody, throw her a Harry Potter themed birthday celebration in the lobby of Stony Brook’s Cancer Center.

To read more about Sophia’s story, click here.

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Sophia Espiritu (center) surrounded by her family and Tamarac Elementary School principal, Michael Saidens, as she donates hundreds of ComfyChemo shirts

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