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A thoughtful 10-year-old devotes her time to making “chemo comfort bags” for hospital patients after watching her grandfather battle pancreatic cancer.
Niagara County’s Sophie Enderton told Fox News Digital she decided she wanted to brighten the days of chemotherapy patients shortly after her grandfather – Terry – explained what the treatment is and why it is difficult for people.
Sophie learned of Terry’s diagnosis in October 2021 and set out to make comfort bags for chemo patients over the holiday season.
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With the help of her family, Sophie crocheted bags and filled them with comfort-enhancing items, including blankets, small pillows, games, wordsearch, cozy socks and mittens.
“My husband and I are so proud that Sophie wanted to give back,” Sophie’s mother, Jillian Enderton, told Fox News Digital in a phone interview. “She saw others struggle, and she wanted to be a change and help them.”
In December, Sophie and her family donated 10 comfort bags to chemotherapy patients at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, which is the same Terry Hospital grandfather who received treatment in Buffalo, New York.
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The Endertons are currently preparing comfort bags with a new goal of delivering 20 bags to pediatric and adult cancer patients by the end of March – in honor of Terry’s birthday.
“Sophie and her grandfather were very close, and I think that helps her stay close to him now that he’s passed away,” Jillian said, noting that he passed away on December 15, 2021.
Community members have donated money and items to Sophie’s comfort bag project and this time the fifth grader hopes to add cards and other personalized touches to care packages.
“I got thank you notes, but I never found out who the bags went to,” Sophie told Fox News Digital.
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One of the notes was from a patient and another from Roswell Park, according to Jillian.
When asked how it felt to see her comfort bags making a difference in people’s lives, Sophie replied, “It’s so nice.”
Fox News Digital has reached out to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center for comment.
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Sophie would like to continue her chemo comfort bag initiative and envisions a future where she works with nonprofits and helps raise money for important causes.
“She likes to be in charge. So she’ll be good at it,” Jillian told Fox. “I’m on a few non-profit committees in our community. So maybe hopefully she wanted to follow in my footsteps a bit. I don’t think I was as aware as she was of what happens.”
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One memory Sophie will always hold in her heart is of the long car trips in her grandfather’s red Corvette.
“He would pick her up from school,” Jillian said. “Sophie loved seeing him waiting for her.”