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6-Year Old Florida Girl And Her Maine ‘Make-A-Wish’

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Many of us native Mainers have been tiring of the rugged winter of 2013, however, for 6-year old Sophia Galvan, the snow is just what she wished for. Sophia is a shy 6-year old kindergartener from Tampa, Florida and is battling nasopharyngeal rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of cancer that causes soft tissue tumors in children.This week, Sophia along with her parents, her brother, Sebastian, baby sister, Brianna and her grandmother Angelina, were all flown to Maine as guests of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that grants wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Sophia and her family have had quite the week in Maine. In started with a family sleigh ride at Burgess Tree Farm in Newport. They also visited the Maine Discovery Museum and The Maine Jump. The enjoyed family meals at Texas Roadhouse and the Olive Garden. They were guests of the Chi Omega sorority at the University Of Maine as they held a snowman making party in Sophia’s honor.

The family was fitted with a winter wardrobe from the Ski Rack, Cadillac Mountain Sports, Epic Sports and Miller’s Workshop.

Sophia’s last day in Maine was spent at Hermon Mountain Ski Area. The family was picked up at their rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor, where they boarded a LifeFlight of Maine passenger van for their ride to Hermon. They were escorted to the lodge with a police escort. They then enjoyed snow tubing, snowman making and a dog sled ride!

The parents expressed their gratitude and said Sophia was beyond happy!

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