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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Ankeny)

1055 Southwest Oralabor Road
Ankeny, IA 50023

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Jordan Creek)

180 Jordan Creek Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Waukee)

950 E Hickman Rd
Waukee, IA 50263

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th Street Southwest
Altoona, IA 50009

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ankeny Medical Park

3625 North Ankeny Boulevard
Ankeny, IA 50023

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 Southeast 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50320

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Urbandale

5200 NW 100th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322

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Sophia

Sophia is an active 9-year-old who enjoys dancing, softball, horseback riding, fishing, farming and playing with friends and big brother Jacob. A casual observer may not realize that Sophia has had big challenges her whole life and has faced them head-on.

After a newborn screening, at just 14 days old, Sophia was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. She and her parents, David and Vicky, were sent to Blank Children's Cystic Fibrosis clinic, where they learned how the future would look for their newborn daughter. "We were initially devastated," said Vicky, Sophia's mom. "But over time, with education and a strong faith, we have found a normal that works."

To keep her lungs healthy, Sophia starts and ends her day with respiratory therapy, which is an hour long each time and includes a combination of vibrating vest therapy and inhaled nebulizer medications. Sophia's pancreatic insufficiency as part of Cystic Fibrosis requires her to take enzymes daily. Thanks to advancements in CF research, Sophia is on a new medication that is showing great improvements in her health. 

A fourth grader at Lynnville Sully, Sophia has been teaching her classmates about her diagnosis since she was in kindergarten and is always willing to share information about her diagnosis and therapies so others can learn. With the coordination of the kindergarten teachers and the school nurse, Sophia got to bring in her therapy equipment and show the kids what she does to help her stay healthy. Her friends know that she needs enzymes when she eats and will even bring it up to help her remember.

"Sophia is a very determined girl who does not let anything get in her way," said Vicky. "She doesn't always enjoy her respiratory therapy, or the hospital visits that require lab work and radiology, but she does it all because she knows those things are what keep her healthy and able to do the things she loves. Sophia is so brave!"

While in the hospital for some of her many appointments, Sophia loves joking with Dr. Alladdin Abosaido and the CF team. She also enjoys time with Child Life specialist Jolene, playing during her long appointments.

Sophia's community, family and friends have come together with support and encouragement by organizing and helping with fundraisers, including a 5k and bake sale. In addition, a close friend of Vicky's ran the Chicago Marathon and the Grandma's Marathon in Duluth in honor of Sophia to raise money and awareness.

"We have learned so much on this journey with Sophia," said Vicky, "primarily to face adversity with a positive attitude and never give up." 

Sophia's favorite parts about the Cyclones are the baton twirler in the marching band, dance teams, and George Niang.