Sophie enjoys the company of the Harvard women's swimming and diving team (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving team welcomed its newest member to the program today as part of the Team IMPACT program. Sophie, a four year old from Concord, Mass., met the squad this afternoon at Blodgett Pool.
Sophie, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in April 2010, will be a part of the Crimson for the remainder of the season. ALL is the most common form of leukemia in children and typically requires two-plus years of chemotherapy, steroids and oral medications. Sophie will continue her journey with the help of her new teammates throughout the year.
"It was a pleasure to meet Sophie this afternoon," said Stephanie Morawski, The Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming & Diving. "We certainly look forward to having her as part of our team this season, but, more importantly, we are also excited to learn from Sophie. She has tremendous inner strength and an amazing and beautiful spirit."
For photos of the Crimson meeting Sophie, click here.
About Team IMPACT
Team IMPACT's mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing adverse issues and events by establishing and expanding vibrant team-based support networks. Team IMPACT endeavors to continually encourage a wide range of team-based organizations to open up their ranks and extend their laughter, strength and support for children facing these life-threatening and chronic illnesses. For more information about Team IMPACT, click here.