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Teen Says Music Helped Her Survive Cancer; She Shared Her Gift At Astros Game

A 16-year-old girl sang the National Anthem at the Astros game, and sweet and simple delivery of the song could have put some of the biggest celebrities who've botched it to shame. The girl says she's always loved singing, and her family has always loved the Astros, so it was a magical night.

The 16 year old has already known more difficulties in life than most people will know, so her family and community were thrilled when she got her chance to shine

Sophia Sereni, a 16-year-old girl from League City, Texas, was more than a little nervous when she stepped up to sing the National Anthem to fans at Monday night's Astros game. But Sophia was able to take it in stride; after all, she's been through a lot worse.

Sophia is a leukemia survivor. At the age of 12, she was diagnosed with cancer and spent the next two and a half years battling it. She missed a whole year of school. She had to go through chemotherapy.

After all that, though, she's still standing, and music is one of the things that helped her get through it.

"I've grown up around it, lived around it my whole life," Sophia tells Click 2 Houston. "It's just something that just calms me, it helps me through everything."

In addition to music, Sophia has leaned on her family, community, and her faith. But throughout all the struggles, she’s managed to stay optimistic.

"It's been a rocky road," says Crista, her mother. "It's been a roller coaster ride, but we have been blessed beyond measure."

Sophia says it was tough on here mostly because she wanted to see her friends, and not being able to go to school was difficult for her. Still, she managed to get through it and went into high school.

Glad to be back in school, the teen jumped right into music and made the TMEA All-State Treble Choir. Now, as a junior, she was picked for this honor.

"You never think it's going to be you," Sophia said regarding her cancer. "But once it happens, you realize how many people are affected by it and that you have to keep the faith and stay strong."

The teen has been in remission for about a year now. The music that helped her get through the hard times is now a source of inspiration.

She loves to sing, and plans to keep pursuing her dream. She is planning to finish high school, then wants to go to Baylor University and pursue a career as a music minister.

Sophia got a taste of that dream when she sang the anthem on Monday in front of the whole stadium, including over 100 of her closest family and friends.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness about childhood cancers, doing fundraisers and rallying for support. Sophia was glad to be a part of it, and has some advice for kids who are still battling a disease.

"I've definitely matured a lot.," she says. "But it's to always keep the faith, and just to stay strong in who you are, and just be yourself, and never give up."

Source: Click 2 Houston
Photos: Click 2 Houston Screenshots

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