Sophie was born with Spina Bifida, a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord do not form properly. Because of her condition, she needs to wear custom orthotics however that hasn’t stopped her from enjoying an active childhood. Her favourite activities are bike riding, skating & swimming. Walking for long periods or spending a lot of time on her feet however can be painful so her Mom reached to Variety and who provided the 11-year-old from Whitehorse with a manual wheelchair. Now she’s no longer in pain when she’s out with her mom, Ellen or attending her specialist sessions in Vancouver.