Gym opens doors to help 9-year-old Sofia Scherff-Zamora in fight against cancer |

Gym opens doors to help 9-year-old Sofia Scherff-Zamora in fight against cancer

Summer McParland, owner of the Steamboat All Stars Gym in Steamboat Springs, will open the doors of her facility Friday evening to help the family of Sofia Scherff-Zamora cover medical expenses related to the little girl’s battle with cancer.

"She is amazing … she went through so much," Sofia's mother Nati said. "We spent many days and weeks at Denver's Children's Hospital. I would never want anybody to go through what we are going through, but I can't say enough about how this community has supported our family. It's been amazing emotionally and financially."

McParland said holding the fundraiser for the family at her gym, which is located at 1880 Loggers Lane, was an easy decision. She said several members of her cheerleading teams know the Scherff-Zamora family and hosting the benefit is a great way to teach her team members how important it is to give back to the community.

The event is scheduled to take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and McParland said everybody is welcome. The organizers are asking for a minimum donation of $10 per child with all of the money going to support the Scherff-Zamora family. Children 5 and younger will need to be accompanied by an adult, but those 5 to 18 can be dropped off at the gym.

The night will include a silent auction, and gym members leading dance parties in a fun and festive atmosphere.

"We have a special place in our hearts for this little girl who has been fighting cancer since she was 5," McParland said. "We want to make this a fun-filled event for everyone who comes out to support her."

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Sofia was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor Stage III cancer in March of 2015, and after undergoing radiation therapy at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver and months of weekly chemotherapy treatments at Yampa Valley Medical Center, she was thought to be cancer-free.

But in November of last year, tests showed lung nodules, and the biopsies that followed revealed the cancer had returned.

Sofia began a new regiment of drugs to combat the cancer, which required her to spend four or five days a week at Children's Hospital Colorado for a period of about three months. The treatments were not available in Steamboat Springs, but when Sofia was able to return home, she spent a lot of her time at Yampa Valley Medical Center, according to her mother. 

Earlier this spring, doctors said Sofia was once again in remission. Sofia's mom said her daughter, who is a naturally shy girl, makes it a point to get to every fundraiser that is held for her, and she has only missed one since she was first diagnosed.

"She is always there," her mother said. "She is shy, but she feels that it is important for her to be there to say ‘thank you.’"

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