After Daughter’s Death, Grief-Stricken Mom Raises Money for Pediatric Cancer Research

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A mother heartbroken over her young’s daughter death will compete in this weekend’s Nautica Malibu Triathlon to help raise money for pediatric cancer research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Sandra Andrade lost her young daughter Sophia to cancer. She is now raising money for pediatric cancer research in her daughter's memory. (Credit: Andrade family photo)

Sandra Andrade lost her young daughter Sophia to cancer. She is now raising money for pediatric cancer research in her daughter's memory. (Credit: Andrade family photo)

Sandra Andrade's daughter was just 2-year-old when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in October 2011.

“One of the worst days, I think, of our lives,” Andrade told KTLA.

But after surgery and multiple rounds of chemotherapy at Children’s Hospital L.A., the family got some good news: Sophia was declared cancer-free.

She was even well enough to cross the Malibu Nautica Triathlon finish line last year with her mother as part of “Team Sophia.”

“It felt like such a triumph. We get to start the next phase of our live,” Andrade said. “And then less than a week later we found out she relapsed.”

Within months, Sophia passed away, her short life claimed by cancer on Jan. 12, 2014, according to an online obituary.

She was just 4-year-old.

In her daughter's memory, Andrade is trying to raise money to fight pediatric cancers by competing in this year’s Malibu Nautica Triathlon.

She said she doesn't want other families to have to experience the heartbreaking loss that hers went through.

“Our goal is to truly raise as much money as we can to help save other children, and hopefully make it so other parents don’t’ have to go through the pain we go through every day,” she said.

Click here for information on the triathlon and to donate.

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