When Sofia Smith stood on her school’s stage to say goodbye to her long blonde hair last month, eyes full of tears, she never imagined the international attention she would receive.
The nine-year-old had shaved her head to raise more than $20,000 dollars in support of Calgary charity Kids Cancer Care in Canada in solidarity with her older brother Rand, who had been diagnosed with cancer earlier just a few months before.
“I was thinking about how many lives I’ve just changed and how it can change my brother’s life,” Smith said shortly after the event.
This moment was especially emotional for young Sofia because five years earlier, Smith lost her mother to cancer as well.
Her brave act has received media coverage in the US, Canada, Middle East and Europe. Donations have continued to come in on Sofia’s fundraising page on the Kids Cancer Care website, with nearly $23,000 raised as of Friday afternoon.