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St. Pete toddler beats cancer, starts new trial

Posted: 6:41 PM, Jan 15, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-15 23:41:32Z
With balloons, glitter toes and a Princess book, you may not know Sofia Anderson is really a tom-boy. 
 
"We've always said she's our warrior princess, 'cause she's our little girl," Catalina Anderson said. 
 
This 3-year-old deserves the nickname, after battling neuroblastoma for more than a year. We first introduced you to Sofia when she was diagnosed. Now, she's cancer free.
 
"Now the exciting part is just to see her be a kid again," her mother said. 
 
To make sure she stays cancer-free, Sofia is joining a new trial treatment at All Children's Hospital called DFMO, aiming to stop her neuroblastoma from coming back. The Matthews family joined the Andersons to celebrate Sofia. They helped bring the trial to St. Pete in their ongoing fight to end the disease that killed their son Ezra five years ago. 
 
"Preventing a relapse is the best thing for them, so I couldn't be more excited," Robyn Matthews said. 
 
Sofia's doctor, Dr. Gregory Hale, said President Obama's commitment to ending cancer can help make more of these life-changing trials possible. 
 
"By highlighting this as an initiative, I think that it gives researchers more opportunities to apply for federal funding, and it certainly gives the government more of an impetus to be providing more funds for clinical research," Dr. Hale said. 
 
This celebration signaling the end of Sofia's treatment is hopefully just one of many happy moments to come. 
 
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