CureSearch was introduced to Sophie May Sewell at both the Kansas City and Dallas CureSearch Walks this year. Now 2, Sophie was just 20 months old when her parents found a bump on her back. Doctors assured her family that it was nothing, just connective tissue, and not to worry. Just to be sure, they ordered an MRI. The news was not as positive as they had hoped. Doctors determined that the bump was a neuroblastoma tumor the size of a baseball, and it was located in her chest cavity.
Thus, Sophie’s journey with cancer began in June, 2012. Sophie’s grandmother, Monica May, moved closer to her family to be able to help with everyday tasks and the care of Sophie. She wanted to do whatever she could to make the treatment process easier on her son and granddaughter. “I wouldn’t trade the last 10 months with Sophie May for anything. It’s meant the world to me to be here and be able to help in any small way possible,” says Monica. “I just wish the reason I was able to be here wasn’t because she had cancer.” Since then, she has had 6 rounds of stem cell transplant, 12 rounds of immunotherapy treatment.