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Why I’m doing Jeans for Genes

Sophia may be in remission from cancer, but we still live in fear of it coming back.

We are thrilled that Sophia has been chosen as a face of the 2022 Jeans for Genes campaign and we’d ask that you support us as we fundraise for better treatments and cures.

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29 Jun 2022 by Liz Burfitt

Sophia's Story

Like many babies, Sophia was constantly sick when she started day care, but when her eye started to bulge everything changed in what her parents describe as one “terrifying goosebump moment’’.

Sophia had just turned one when her parents, Liz and Pat, noticed a difference in her eye following what they thought was yet another “day care sickness’’. She became very dehydrated and taken to hospital where an MRI was ordered.

“It was just terrifying,’’ Liz said. “Initially, we saw this white kind of blob, and then they just zoomed deeper and deeper. And it was just like this big spiderweb all throughout the left side of the face. It was a goosebump moment. It was horrible.’’

More tests followed over several days, and eventually Sophia was diagnosed with a type of cancer known as a germ cell tumour, behind her eye. She required surgery and chemotherapy.

“As a parent, over that first 12 months you're totally in control of your child, they totally rely on you,’’ Liz said. “And for us having to hand her future over to research and professionals. It was really hard to let go and trust - and that's what we had to do.’’

Sophia is now in remission, but Pat said returning to normal life was almost harder than treatment.

“She has five years of check-ups,’’ Pat said. “It's the first two years which they're going to treat as most critical. Every month, she goes and gets a blood test. And every quarter, she gets an MRI. It is kind of a reminder that there's still a chance she could relapse. So, I think it's until she's cured, which isn't for a few years, it's going to be an ongoing sense of waiting. And that sense that you are helpless to affect the result.’’

Their oncologist, Dr Luciano Dalla-Pozza, is on the Board of Children’s Medical Research Institute. Once the family heard about CMRI’s cancer research, they immediately wanted to be a part of the Jeans for Genes campaign.

“We’ve met so many different families, and the only difference between whether their kid is cured or ultimately dies is because of research,’’ Liz said. “When the biopsy came back for Sophia as a germ cell tumour, there was research, and therefore her chances of complete cure are very high. If it came back something different, she may not be here, or we'd be managing pain at this point. Research gives people a chance to survive"

20 Jun 2022 by Liz Burfitt

Meet Sophia

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$ 90.73

Anonymous donated at 3 weeks ago

$ 109.72

Lisa Ainsworth donated at 2 months ago

"Great work Burf!! From all the Rices"

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James Burfitt donated at 2 months ago

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Steph Wood donated at 4 months ago

"Congrats Sophia - Your cancer journey is eye opening and inspiring. Wishing team Sophia all the best with the remission and good luck with today’s sponsoring!"

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Gemma Saunders donated at 4 months ago

"To my little warrior princess. Sending this to help more children have hope when it comes to cancer recovery."

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Jarrod Rixon donated at 4 months ago

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Scott Lyons donated at 4 months ago

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Hayley H donated at 4 months ago

"You continuously inspire me. Love you all xx"

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Rima Doughman donated at 4 months ago

"Sending you all much love ❤️"

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Sarah Brandolino donated at 4 months ago

"What a journey Sophia! Spending you love and best wishes for your health and future."

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Anonymous donated at 4 months ago

"Very inspiring!"

$ 104

Chantelle Bertino-clarke donated at 4 months ago

"Something small to show our love to your brave little warrior. Sending so much love xx"

$ 90.73

Jeanpaul Bertino-clarke donated at 4 months ago

"To Liz and Pat I hope we all praying for you have a wonderful prayer for Sophia"

$ 158.25

Anonymous donated at 4 months ago

"You are so strong and brave, beautiful Sophia! God bless you, little one. 💙🙏🏼💙🙏🏼💙"

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Dan, Lyss, Madi And Luke James donated at 4 months ago

"We love you beautiful Sophia!"

$ 211

John And Louise Limbers donated at 5 months ago

"Keep being gorgeous and strong Sophia! Love all the Limbers xx"

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Liz, Pat, Sophia And Hamish donated at 5 months ago

"For more little lives to be saved 💛🌻 Thank God for CMRI and research"

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Anonymous donated at 5 months ago

$ 232.10

John, Ruby, Melissa, Christian, Clementine And Robyn Catsanos donated at 5 months ago

"Such a brave little trooper! Good on you beautiful girl, we love you lots xxx"

$ 104

Anonymous donated at 5 months ago

"Such a worthy cause and such a special ambassador! We love you Sophia!"

$ 211

Smith Family donated at 5 months ago

"We feel so privileged to watch Sophia grow & thrive on life. She is very lucky to have you both as her parents. Xx"

$ 86

Stefan & Harini donated at 5 months ago

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Lorena Valente donated at 5 months ago

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Naomi Ross donated at 5 months ago

"So proud of you guys. Thank you for being so brave and share your story to raise money for research. We will always hold Sophia close to our hearts 💕"

$ 109.72

Lucy Burfitt donated at 5 months ago

"Small but strong keeps us all smiling <3"

$ 200

Isabel Barrera donated at 5 months ago

$ 104

Penny Burfitt donated at 5 months ago

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