Sophia Chantal Penner

Sophia Chantal Penner

Born: June, 2007

Sophia Chantal Penner

  • Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Year of Diagnosis: 2010
  • Diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Some facts about my treatment:


  • I had 80 sleepovers at the hospital.
  • I lost all my hair
  • Because I had to get chemo and steroids at the same time I lost the muscle in my legs and I couldn’t walk for a whole year
  • I had to get lots of blood transfusions
  • I had to have lots of pokes in my port, my back and my fingers.
  • Some of my back pokes I was awake for
  • I had to learn to take pills when I was only 3, and I had them every day for over a year

What I want people to know about me

That I had a port that my medicine went in. And that I’m very brave.

My favourite day was

May 25th 2012, the day I took my last chemo!

The worst thing about having cancer

Having lots and lots of pokes

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A veterinarian

My message to other kids undergoing treatment

I’m sorry that you have cancer. Don’t be scared to loose your hair because you will still be beautiful! A little tip is that I could put tattoos on the top of my head when no one else could: )

If you could have one superpower strength, what would it be?

To be invisible

If I had three wishes they would be…

That cancer wouldn’t exist 200 candy bags and a mansion with a gym

I’m involved with Coast to Coast because…

To help raise awareness

Our Featured Ambassador

This is Josh Nelson – a childhood cancer survivor. He knows about facing all the challenges of childhood cancer:

“I know first-hand how it feels to be a prisoner in the hospital and endure the surgeries and the endless needles and treatments. I know how it feels to lose my hair, throw up regularly and watch other kids around me earn their wings. I lost a part of my childhood that I will never get back. I know how it feels to look different and to be different. That’s something that I wouldn’t wish for any other kid to go through, and that is why I do what I do.”

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