Sophie Neu dreams big. The 9-year-old came home from school one day and proclaimed, "Mom, I've decided I want to cure cancer!" And while young Sophie's declaration may have been grand, it wasn't out of character for a child who'd been taking mental notes of the work her mother, Lori Neu, does as a nurse manager inside the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester. "Sophie has a very big heart," Lori tells us. "She knows I work with sick kids so she just thought, 'I'll help by curing cancer.'"
Lori had to find a way to delicately redirect her compassionate daughter's ambition. "I told her how it's nice for our nurses to have something to give to our patients that's comforting to them, like a blanket, while they're in the hospital," Lori tells us. "And she said, 'I can do that! How much money do I need to raise?'"
This story originally appeared on the In the Loop blog.