Had the honor of kicking off the run over the weekend.
Hi everyone. Rob here.
4 years ago I was asked by Fox19's mom at the movies to kick off the run, and have done so every year since.
It is to honor Sophie Grace Meinhardt who passed away on August 2006 after doctors discovered an aggressive brain tumor. Sophie's dad said, he wanted his family to be better not bitter. So the family along with friends and fellow parishioners at St. Jude Church organized Sophie's Angel Run. Amazingly, it was organized just months after Sophie Passed away. There were hundreds of runners and walkers. This year, nearly 2,500 runners and walkers took part which is a record number. Sophie's mother said, when everybody wears her short her story is told again. It also raises awareness for pediatric brain tumor research.
The run has raised more than $150,000 for Children's Hospital.
Find out more about Sophie and her run. Also, about the incredible Meinhardt family who taught us all how to be better and not bitter. http://www.sophiesangelrun.org/
On Sophie's headstone the family had the following words inscribed: "If we could sit across the porch from God we would thank him for lending us to you."
We will forever be grateful that God chose us for Sophie's Family - Mark & Missy Meinhardt (Sophie's Loving Parents)