Girl leaves world with a game about her disease.

Check out the game at

Check out the game at

Sofia Wardle, a young girl with a rare disease, left the world with an interactive game that raises money and teaches people about the cancer-like illness that took her life seven months ago.

Sofia suffered most of her young life in and out of a hospital after a three-year battle with the disease histiocytosis.

During her time here, her father (Dave Wardle) began creating a game called “SofiaMaze”, an online interactive artistic maze.

“It’s a maze made up of pictures that take you on a journey that starts at Sofia’s home in Aptos,” said Wardle, who took a sabbatical from his job as a computer consultant to help build the game and Web site with his daughter.

This game teaches people about histiocytosis, a rare blood disease that is caused by an excess of white blood cells. The white cells, called histiocytes, cluster together and attack the skin, bones, lung, liver, spleen, gums, ears, eyes and central nervous system.

“It’s one of those diseases you never really think about unless you know someone who had it,” Wardle said.

The goal of the game is to get to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto while stopping at Sofia’s favorite spots through Santa Cruz County, on Highway 17 and over the Santa Cruz Mountains into the south Bay.

The site also raises money for histiocytosis research.

Sofia aided in the development of the game, with everything from the color schemes to the fonts and logos.

Unfortunatley, Sofia was never able to see the completed project, and her father finished the Web site and interactive game on his own.

“She wanted to make sure no one else was going through what she was going through,” Dave Wardle said. “So, I thought I could make a difference for her and all the other kids who get diagnosed with it every year.”

The site launced Friday on what would have been Sofia’s 8 year birthday.

You can view the game at


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