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Sonia Dolinger of Annapolis, Maryland is a patient advocate for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and seven-year survivor.
Sonia’s passion for patient care began as she was a caretaker and advocate for her mother through a several-year battle with Ovarian Cancer. Sonia made the decision to follow her passion to help others battling cancer by changing careers from banking to oncology nursing. She was actively pursuing a master's of nursing when overwhelming fatigue and frequent infections lead to her diagnosis of CLL. Having a significantly compromised immune system, Sonia decided to switch gears once again and take her passion and medical knowledge into serving patients safely outside of the clinical environment. Sonia worked in fundraising for the Maryland Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for several years, educating the public about the great need for investments in research to fund new, desperately needed therapies. When Sonia’s watch and wait period ended and treatment was deemed necessary, she enrolled in a clinical trial of three novel therapies at Ohio State University where she gained a complete remission. Sonia has lent her voice to multiple non-profit organizations including the LLS, Cure Magazine, Cancer Health, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Epoch Times, Hope Hollow, The James Cancer Center, and Patient Power to raise awareness and advocate for patient education and support.
Sonia currently runs a meal delivery service in Maryland where she donates proceeds to two patient-focused non-profits.