It was just a sticker book, but Sophia Megan says it sparked her to help thousands of sick children

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Sophia Megan was solely two years previous when she was recognized with leukemia. Now she’s a 12-year-old most cancers survivor and creator of the Super Sophia Project, which goals to supply consolation and hope to different children in hospital.

Sophia, of Pickering, Ont., says an expertise she had as she fought most cancers impressed her.

She was being handled on the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto when a custodian gave her a sticker guide.

“It just made me so joyful and gave me a lot pleasure though it’s such a little factor,” she instructed CBC.

Sophia was recognized with leukemia, a most cancers of the blood cells and one of the commonest cancers in children youthful than 15. She beat it, but by no means forgot the custodian’s kindness. 

Remembering how she felt receiving that small reward made her need to do the identical for others. The concept developed into a plan to gather donations of clothes, stuffed animals, video games and different small objects to help brighten life for others dealing with lengthy hospital stays.

Sophia, of Pickering, Ont., was two when she was recognized with leukemia. She is now 12 and has been free of most cancers for eight years. (Submitted by the Megan household)

Sophia began the undertaking in 2016. With help from her household and volunteers, she has crammed 30,000 love containers filled with donated toys, garments and messages of hope which might be given to children in hospitals within the Greater Toronto Area, Durham Region and in some northern components of Canada. This 12 months, she hopes the undertaking will ship one other 5,000 containers to hospitals.

“[It’s for] all youngsters in hospitals who’re sick or just in there for surgical procedure or something,” Sophia instructed CBC’s Heather Hiscox.

“There’s a lot love within the containers.” 

The love-based undertaking helps counter a tragic loss. Sophia misplaced her personal father — Jim Megan — in 2019. He was recognized with most cancers and died that very same 12 months, on the age of 48.

Each 12 months, the Megans gather donations to help fill the containers that volunteers help ship in winter.

Volunteer Suzie Traikos Leung helps load up love containers heading to hospitals. She provides her power to this charity as a result of it’s small — and she or he sees her work doing good.

Volunteers load hundres of love containers for supply to Toronto-area hospitals as half the Super Sophia Project. (Meagan Fitzpatrick/CBC)

“This is the one charity that I’m concerned in,” stated Traikos Leung. “This goes from you to the kid and also you see the affect. It’s unbelievable.”

Shipments of tons of of the colorful containers headed out to dozens of hospitals this week. Staff — like Morgan Livingstone — welcome the deliveries and describe what it’s like to watch a sick child gentle up after they get to open a love field full of actions and treasures.

“The response is just pure magic, seeing the enjoyment on their faces after they have been caught in mattress not feeling properly. To open the field, to take a look at all of the unbelievable toys and actions in there, it actually offers normalization in an irregular surroundings,” stated Livingstone, a licensed little one life specialist who works at Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto.

More than 30,000 love containers have been delivered to children in hospitals since Sophia began her charity undertaking in 2016. (Meagan Fitzpatrick/CBC)

Sophia stated she will get notes from households who obtain the containers who’re grateful for the teddy bears, treats and hopeful ideas inside.

“I just need everybody to be type to everybody and unfold as a lot love as they will. It’s so great that persons are like, hey, I crammed the field and now I’m within the hospital getting one. So it just goes full circle. It’s very nice,” she stated.

The custodian who gave Sophia the sticker guide that impressed her remains to be in her ideas. Now that she is robust and eight years free of most cancers, she stated she typically wonders the place he’s, as he seems to have retired. She hopes to thank him at some point.

“I’m not certain he has any concept how a lot of an affect he made to this charity.” 

Sophia and her father, Jim Megan. He died in 2019 of most cancers. (Submitted by the Megan Family)

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