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Teen writes children's book to help cancer research

Inspired by twin brother with rare bone disease
Posted at 10:53 AM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 15:10:56-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A teen in San Diego has written a children's book, which she hopes can help in the fight against cancer.

Sophia Namazy, 14, wrote "Pigtails, Ponytails, and Fairytales" after seeing her little sister wake up every morning with messy hair. In the book, a pair of fairies come at night and play with it. Sophia says it's loosely based on her sister, Poppy.

"Her hair was really crazy and frizzy in the morning," says Sophia. "So every morning it would be like that, and I would sketch about it. And I thought I might as well make it into a book."

Now that it's published, she's decided to donate all the money from sales to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Namazy picked that location because it's where her twin brother, Max, goes every year for treatment.

Max has a rare blood disorder called Schwachman-Diamond syndrome. His body doesn't produce enough white blood cells.

"I want other kids to know they're not alone, and they're not going through this alone," Sophia says.

"I'm really proud of Sophia, writing a book," says Max. "It just makes me happy that she's writing a book for me, to me, and helping support the cancer institute."

Their mother, Jennifer Namazy, says the book has helped the family support each other.

"It's very emotional, but it really helps us all think about how a medical disorder in a family can affect everybody," she says. "We're taking what could be negative and making it a positive and helping other kids. That is really the most important message."

The book is available on Amazon.