Born: July 4, 2003
Diagnosed: February 20, 2007
Died: October 6, 2007
Sweet – Loving – Curious – Playful – Inquisitive
Aunt Amy says: “Sophie was a sweet, loving, kind-hearted little girl who was adored by all that she encountered. Her favorite color was pink, she loved to dance and twirl, and some of her favorite things were rainbows, stickers, strawberry shortcake and Dora the Explorer. One of my favorite memories of Sophie was when we would visit my Marc and Emily, Sophie’s parents, and Sophie in Avon Lake, Ohio, and my husband Brett and I would stay in the basement where Sophie would sneak down early in the morning to snuggle with us. She would start at the end of the bed and slowly climb up in between us until she was tucked in so snug. Sophie would lay there, watching Dora the Explorer and cuddling, for as long as she could.”
Aunt Amy, Sophie’s Mom (Emily), Dad (Marc), and sisters, Sarah and Marie, want others to know Sophie’s story: “Marc and Emily created the Smiles for Sophie Foundation in memory of Sophie, and the Smile’s for Sophie Foundation is dedicated to honoring Sophie’s memory by providing financial support to those families burdened by pediatric brain tumors, increasing global awareness not only of pediatric brain tumors but the serious lack of funding for this research and to provide financial support for St. Jude, where Sophie was treated, and other viable organizations committed to the treatment of pediatric brain cancer.”
Our beautiful Sophie was born at 4:23 a.m. on July 4, 2003, in Cincinnati, OH. Labor was not easy…23 hours with 2 ½ hours of pushing, but Sophie was perfect in every way. She spent the first 30 minutes of life not crying, but looking around and taking everything in. We remember our first night in the hospital together, hearing fireworks outside, and thinking how neat it would be for Sophie to have fireworks on each of her birthdays for the rest of her life.
Sophie was the first for everyone. She was our first child and was the first grandchild. She brought so much joy to so many people. For us, our lives changed forever the day she was born. We knew we were going to dedicate every waking hour to ensure Sophie had the absolute best environment in which to grow, learn, and flourish.
For Sophie’s grandparents, Sophie was someone they could spoil and love all over again. She loved playing and swimming at “Grandpa’s cottage.” She loved the countless care packages Grandma sent in the mail. She loved messing up Papa’s hair and playing dishes with Nana.