Monday, July 23, 2012

Celebration of Sophie's Life and Fundraiser for SMA

We meant to write this post several weeks ago, but better late than never!

On June 16th, we held a 'Walk and Roll' event to celebrate Sophie's life and raise awareness and funding for SMA.  The event took place in Lincoln Park, were we took Sophie on daily walks.  The start and finish line were located at a tree that was planted in memory of Sophie and participants had the option of waking either a 1 or 2 mile loop.  Afterwards we had a catered bbq which allowed everyone to mingle and remember Sophie.  Since Sophie loved Elmo, participants wore Elmo t-shirts and carried a red carnation during the walk (which everyone laid by her tree at the finish line).

We had an incredible turn out and a great day for the event, and can't thank everyone enough for the great support.  Proceeds went to 'Families of SMA' (FSMA) which is a great organization which provided amazing support to us throughout Sophie's life.  We could never have expected this, but our generous family, friends and co-workers donated ~ $40,000!  This will help countless families who are given the horrible 'SMA' diagnosis, as well as provide money towards research for a cure!

Below are some pictures of our day: 
Sophie's Memorial Tree
Flowers that participants laid by Sophie's tree at the finish line
Walking along the course
Elmo dolls for the little ones
This way!
Grandpa Stan and Grandma Nancy
Uncle Craig, Aunt Breanne and cousin Harper
Uncle Joel and Aunt Carla
Uncle Brad, Aunt Jenny, Cousin Zoe, Cousin Tag
Grandma and Grandpa TerHorst, Aunt Katie, Cousin Emma, Great Aunt Janet and Great Uncle David
Great Aunt Cooke, Great Grandma Gerber
Aunt Katie and Aaron
The star of the show, Sophie, thanks everyone for participating and supporting SMA!

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