7-year-old battling cancer gets special gift

By Krystal Allan – bio | email

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - It's been a tough road for 7-year-old Sophia Mohler.  She returned home last month after spending 8 weeks in Houston receiving treatment for brain stem cancer. Though cancer has taken a lot out of her, on Friday afternoon, she got a piece of herself back thanks to the Pink Hearts fund out of Long Beach.

"I'm so excited for her. I think I might be more excited than she is," said her mom Theresa Mohler.

Little Sophia took a seat on a rocking horse in the newest room of the Pink Hearts building.  It's called the stable room.  Horses cover one wall, a barn sits in the back of room and horses of every size can be found throughout.

Just a few strands of hair surround Sophia's round, little face. But, soon she would see a new person in the mirror, a little girl with a head full of hair. Sophia was getting a new wig made from hair donated by Long Beach students.

As her rocking horse came to a standstill, JoAn Nicely of the Pink Hearts put the new wig on Sophia head. After tucking one side behind her ear and adding a clip to keep the other side out of her face, it was obvious what little Sophia thought of her new look.  She didn't have to say a word because her smile said it all.

"We just want her to feel good about herself and be able to smile all the time," her mom said.

And her new wig was just the beginning.  Her special bond with horses got the attention of Fazzio's Home and Farm Center in Gulfport.  Sophia, an avid lover of horses, rides them whenever she gets the chance.

"Since you can't ride right now, we're going to send you home with a stick horse. And, I also heard you were an artist, so we have some horses for you to paint," said Rita Marshall from Fazzio's Home and Farm Center.

The store also collected a bag full of goodies for Sophia. Sophia's moments of joy were ones felt by everyone who came out to be apart of her special day.

"I have to tell you I was fighting back tears," said JoAn Nicely with the Pink Hearts Fund.

"It's really special. It just lets you know how fortunate you really are," Marshall said.

Sophia also received a special visit from Carla Drummond.  She's battling her third round of cancer.  She's also received a wig from the Pink Hearts Fund.

"To see someone so young and with so much courage and strength, she's a beautiful little girl," Carla Drummond said.

Little Sophia has plenty to smile about, because now she once again has her crowning glory.

The Pink Hearts fund is a non-profit which helps those battling cancer by giving them items like wigs and breast prosthesis at no charge. The Pink Hearts fund is located on Beatline Road in Long Beach.

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