Help Save Baby Sophia!

by Migdalia Rivera

A close friend of mine recently forwarded an email from a co-worker. As a mother, it saddened my heart  to read it. As a Latina, it called me to action. It forced me to look at myself, at my children, and reevaluate my life.

While I fight with my children over a messy room, Denise Lopez fights for her 6 month old daughter’s life.

While I look at my sons’ faces and see a future, Denise Lopez looks at her daughter Sophia and prays for one.

When strangers pass my sons in the street, they are just that… strangers.

For Sophia, that stranger could be a lifesaving match.

It puts life in perspective.

Six month old Sophia Lopez needs a bone marrow transplant. Four months ago, she was diagnosed with HLH, a rare blood disease that affects just one child per million. Sophia is that one child.  Her only hope for survival is a bone marrow transplant.  As a Puerto Rican, Sophia has a slim chance. Latinos make up just 10% of the national registry and are very genetically diverse. Her parents haven’t given up hope. They believe that her lifesaving match can be found if we rally. I do too.

If you are Hispanic, make a difference.

Change a life.


Come out and register as a bone marrow donor. All it takes is a cotton swab swipe inside your mouth to determine if you are a match for 6 month old Sophia.

Saturday, May 22, 2010,
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
P.S. 71 – Rosa E. Scala School
3040 Roberts Ave., Bronx, NY 10461

Subway Directions: Take 6 train to Buhre Ave.

“I want my precious little girl to be saved. She’s my only daughter. I want her to be able to play with her brothers like the way she did when she was born. Before this happened, she was so happy, and loved to laugh. But now, she just cries in pain. It hurts me so much to see her like this. I want my princess to live.” Denise Lopez –Sophia’s mom

Questions? Contact Flora Mendoza at flora (AT)


About the Author

Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and 2 Australian Shepherds. When not blogging, or chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ofelia May 18, 2010 at 10:50 am

Crying now and thankful that I took the time to sign up in April.

DKMS signed up donors during the Real Simple magazine 10-year celebration at Grand Central.

The swabbing took maybe one minute, as each cheek was done separately and sealed up.

The paperwork took longer than swabbing!

2 Vivian May 18, 2010 at 11:44 am

God Bless that beautiful angel, I will repost as I can donate bc of illness

3 Angelo May 18, 2010 at 12:33 pm

I can never be too buzy to make a difference.

4 Sabrina May 19, 2010 at 11:37 am

I will keep her in my prayers…

5 Buy FFXI August 6, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Great job on the site, it looks great. I am going to bookmark it and will make sure to check often

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