Sophia Myers, an Ocean Springs first-grader suffering from an inoperable brain tumor, will see one of her wishes come true this weekend, thanks to pop diva Britney Spears.
The entertainer has agreed to meet 7-year-old Sophia, either before or after her “Britney: Piece of Me” show at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday. Sophia and her family will also attend the show.
Sophia said she loves all of Britney’s songs, but her favorite song right now is “Til the World Ends.” Sophia also offered her personal thanks to everyone who has reached out to her since she became sick.
Sophia and her parents, Josh and Angel Myers, were booked for a flight to Las Vegas late Wednesday afternoon, but they are asking everyone to pray she will be well enough to meet her idol.
On Tuesday, Sophia experienced problems associated with her battle with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, known as DPIG. She was diagnosed Feb. 22, and has undergone treatment at several medical facilities.
Specifically, her mother said, Sophia started having severe headaches and vomiting up blood at one point, which sent her to the hospital.
Doctors at Ocean Springs Hospital initially thought they were going to have to fly Sophia and her family to Atlanta to surgically correct problems with a shunt that is inserted into a cyst behind Sophia’s tumor. The shunt drains fluid from the cyst, which helps relieve some of her pain.
Doctors later determined the shunt was OK but had to give Sophia more steroids because it was pressure building up in her brain around the tumor that was causing problems.
Sophia’s parents said they can’t thank everyone enough for the support they have received for their only child. Angel Myers said Sophia’s excitement about meeting Spears couldn’t have come on a better day because Wednesday is the first DIPG Awareness Day in Mississippi.
“This community has rallied around our sweet Sophia in prayers and in action,” Myers said. “I can’t thank everyone enough.”
She also offered a special thanks to all who were involved in helping Sophia’s dream of meeting Spears come true.
“Just keep praying she will be up to it,” Myers said. “I can’t even tell you who-all helped make this possible, but we are so grateful.”
Among those who helped were officials with the the nonprofit group Do It for the Love Foundation. The foundation often helps set up meetings with musicians for children suffering from a serious illness. Others pitched in as well, Myers said.
“We thank you for making it happen, but please, please, don’t stop praying for Sophia,” she said.