Teenage Musician Who Recently Beat Cancer Set to Perform Holiday Concert at Holtz Children’s Hospital


Holtz Children’s Hospital patient Sophia Treadwell, doctors, nurses, and other pediatric patients


Sophia Treadwell, 15, is a talented musician and singer, who has been playing classical violin, piano, and guitar since childhood.

“Music has been a great part of my life,” said Sophia, a sophomore at Coral Reef High School, and member of the school’s Visual and Performing Arts Program. “I’ve been singing since I was very young.”

In May, Sophia started feeling soreness in her left arm, and couldn’t move it after a violin lesson.

“At first, my parents thought it was just muscle inflammation from holding the violin,” said Sophia. “But the pain wouldn’t go away, so we decided to go see my pediatrician.”

Lab work revealed devastating news for the Treadwell family: Sophia was diagnosed with leukemia, and a great concentration of the cells were in the bone marrow area.

“At first, I had no reaction to the results. I just couldn’t believe it,” said Sophia. “A few days later it hit me, and I was so upset.”

Her pediatrician immediately referred her to Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, where she began chemotherapy treatments.

While at Holtz Children’s, Sophia used her love of music to help her cope. In her hospital room, she was often found with her guitar in hand, writing her own music.

“Singing and playing music just makes me so happy,” she said.

Sophia shared her passion for music in the hallways of Holtz Children’s, where she performed concerts for the nurses, doctors, other patients, and her parents.

On Monday, Sophia along with her friends from the string quintet at Coral Reef Senior High, will perform a holiday concert for patients, doctors, nurses and other staff.

Sophia has been in remission since end of August.


4 p.m., Monday, December 16.


Holtz Children’s Hospital
1611 N.W. 12 Avenue
6th Floor, 6B Playroom
Miami, FL 33136

Editor’s Note:

Media can park outside of Ryder Trauma Center. A representative from Jackson’s media relations team will meet media outside of the Holtz Children’s entrance at 3:45 p.m.

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