Six-year-old cancer survivor to walk at Relay for Life

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YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. -- People came all day on Thursday to the Wal-Mart in West Valley for the KIMA bonus Luminaria Day. Giving money to honor and remember loved ones who've been touched by cancer. A fundraiser for the Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

Sophia Lott has lived through what no six-year-old should have to. She was three years old when diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor.

"It was absolutely devastating. We just, I didn't know if she was going to make it," said Jacqueline Senn, Sophia’s mother.

Doctors removed her tumor. She had six operations went through two months of radiation. Sophia couldn't speak for three months and couldn't walk a year ago. She's still regaining those skills.

"Riding a bike out there, running around the house, that's amazing, absolutely amazing," said Jacqueline.

Sophia has made an amazing turnaround and remains under regular doctor's care. Her talking is getting better. And, cancer hasn't stopped her from being a kid.

"After everything that she's been through she is just a very happy very energetic little, almost 7-year-old," said Jacqueline.

Sophia is also no stranger to the Relay for Life. Luminaria Day in West Valley attracted scores of people who've been touched by the disease personally or someone close to them. They came out to decorate bags. A simple tribute for those who fought or are still fighting cancer. The bags will line the track at this year's Relay for Life event at Franklin Middle School.

Sophia will be there too. She wants everyone to come.

"Because to see me walk," said Sophia.

A walk that lifts everyone emotionally. Money raised from the Relay for Life goes to research, family support and education. Money to help people like Sophia.

"It might come back some day and my hope of course is that they'll have a cure for it if it does," said Jacqueline.