Teri Hatcher is competing in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon Sunday, and the Desperate Housewives star is giving it her all to help out a sick little girl named Sophia, RadarOnline.com has learned.
On her Facebook page, Teri posted photos of herself in a striking blue swimsuit. She's wearing a sign that says, "Sophia: This One's For You!"
Sophia, the actress explains, is the daughter of Joel Rothman, who wrote to her about his two-year-old daughter Sophia, a patient at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Sophia has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and is blind.
Her story touched Teri's heart and she made the little girl the focus of her fund-raising efforts as a Triathlon contestant.
"After checking the water forecast, I now know that when I dive into the 60 degree shoreline at 7 am for a Sunday adrenaline based swim, they'll be one beautiful girl to reach stroke after stroke for. And that's Sophia."
Hatcher is competing in the swimming race only; she says she's just not in the same shape she was a year ago when she swam, biked and ran.
Sophia's family doesn't care. She's still a hero to them!
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