Help Hurtado Family Fight Cushing Syndrome

October 15, 2019: 

Hi Everyone, 

Thank you to everyone for sharing Sophia's story! Please click here  for an update on Sophia from WSVN Channel 7 News and to see how much her school community loves her! Sophia's story has deeply affected her classmates, teachers, and community. Please continue to keep the Hurtado family in your thoughts. They are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of love and support through this difficult time.

Keep sharing Sophia's story and please donate if you can to help the family as Sophia begins a nuclear medicine form of cancer treatment. 

Update 2/6/2019: 

Sophia has a  rare type of tumor on her pancreas. She is currently in the cancer ward at Joe DiMaggio where she is receiving excellent care.  A team of doctors are consulting with specialists across the country to determine the best course of action. Maryanne and her family are so thankful to everyone for their thoughts and donations.

This diagnosis is just the start of a difficult journey through treatment. Please continue to share Sophia's story and keep the family in your thoughts.

Thank you so much for your continued support! 


Dear friends, family, and loved ones,

16-year old Sophia Hurtado is a bright and talented student, and her positivity and willingness to help others makes a lasting impression on all those around her. Sophia and her family are facing an unexpected and frightening medical issue. On January 30, 2019,  Sophia was rushed to the hospital after she began experiencing severe symptoms including dangerously high blood pressure. Doctors quickly suspected this sign along with other serious symptoms were the result of a condition called Cushing Syndrome; further testing confirmed the diagnosis.  

Sophia is facing scans and biopsies to determine the exact cause and severity of the syndrome which is characterized by an excessive amount of the hormone cortisol. This is going to be a difficult journey for Sophia and her family as doctors believe she will almost certainly require surgery or another serious intervention. The last thing this family needs to be concerned about is money, and it is our hope that we can help them in this small way. 

We are raising money to help Sophia get the support she needs to have the operation and make her recovery.  Anything that you are able to contribute will be a great help to Sophia and her family.

Thank you so much for your support.


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    • $20 
    • 1 mo
  • Roger Magowitz 
    • $180 
    • 1 mo
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    • $100 
    • 1 mo
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    • $100 
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Organizer and beneficiary

AHS English Department 
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Maryanne Hurtado 
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