On Friday, January 23, 2015, two-year-old Sofia Anderson’s parents took her to the emergency room as a precaution because she had a bruise above her eye. After a long weekend of multiple scans, tests and surgeries it was then confirmed that their fierce and spunky daughter had stage-four neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer that most commonly occurs in children aged two and younger.
Since this time, Sofia and her family have been going through long, uncomfortable, stressful and exhausting days. On a recent Facebook post by Sofia’s father, he explains how it was supposed to be an easier day with a minor 30-45 minute surgery to insert a catheter into the two-year-old’s neck in preparation for stem cell recovery. Sofia, being only a baby was scared, confused and in tears.
This is just one day in the life of little Sofia Anderson’s battle with neuroblastoma and why the entire community is invited for a special event to raise funds to get care for this little girl battling the fight of her life.
Ker’s WingHouse Bar & Grill is hosting an event to help raise funds for the Anderson family on March 24, 2015.
“Because Sofia’s cancer is rare, only about 600 cases in the United States each year, not much funding goes to treatment of the disease. Since her traumatizing diagnosis, little Sofia has been going through rounds of chemotherapy and surgery, and her medical bills are piling up. We want to help,” says Terry Ryan of Ker’s WingHouse.
To help alleviate the burden of medical expenses, the Ker’s WingHouse Bar & Grill St. Petersburg location is donating $2 for every appetizer purchased all day on Tuesday, March 24 towards the Anderson family, in addition to offering $2 off all appetizers.
At 6 p.m. that evening, the restaurant will host a Give Back Night, and the entire community is invited to face painting, prize raffling and the opportunity to meet the Anderson family: 6445 4th Street North, St. Petersburg, Fla. 33702.
To learn more about Sofia Anderson’s story, search #SofiaStrong or visit Sofia Strong Movie.