Smiles for Sophie Forever

I am a mom, and being a mom the following story makes me cry (just a warning).

This is my daughter getting ready to run her first race (She is four!)

Wow is that ground interesting?

The kids before the Race

This is the race she ran:

Smiles for Sophie is a race run in honor of Sophie Quayle who passed away from pediatric brain cancer at the age of four. Her family started a foundation called Smiles for Sophie Forever to help fund pediatric brain cancer research. You can read more about the organization, Sophie's story and struggle , and find out how you can donate here:

Sophie was born on the Fourth of July and this is the fourth race honoring her. The course runs around the neighborhood Sophi used to run and play in. The racers leave a red, white, or blue carnation in front of Sophie's house as they pass by. The course ends at what could be considered one amazing birthday party.

Candy Maze turned Jumping Party

C1 and I ran the one mile race and I pushed C2 in the cart. The Hubsters ran the 5K in 23:24, which is amazing to me.

Hubsters at the Finish Line

The best part of the race, and the reason I chose this very race for my daughters first was the fact that she is the same age as Sophie. Telling her Sophie's story helps to instill not only a sense of empathy for others, but a sense of pride that what she is doing, running this race, is helping to raise money to support pediatric brain cancer research. She is raising money to help the doctors do research to find a cure so that other little kids don't have to go to heaven too soon.

Getting Ready to run for Sophie!

I am so glad I started running and I am so glad I can share this with my fabulous family. I am so lucky to have two amazing and healthy children that I am going to hug tighter than you can ever imagine tonight!

The Family

Happy Fourth of July!!!