6-year-old cancer survivor receives back-to-school shopping spree

Sophia won her battle with cancer, and with a little help, she's getting ready to take on first grade.


A little girl who had been receiving cancer treatments that put her out of school got to go on a $100 shopping spree for brand-new clothes.

Sophia Costa, 6, has been battling leukemia and was too weak to spend kindergarten in a room full of her classmates. Now that her cancer is in remission, doctors are allowing her to enter first grade.

Sophia's mother, Marlene Costa, says she admires her daughter's courage: "After everything that she's been through, she's always had a smile." When the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Burlington heard about Sophia's inspiring story, they gave her $100 to spend on brand-new clothes. For Sophia, it's a gift that will give her confidence as she prepares to return to school.

Watch the video above to learn more about Sophia and her special shopping spree.