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Sophie’s Angel Run, Inc.

Sophie’s Angel Run was founded in memory of our angel, Sophia Grace Meinhardt. Sophie was an energetic little girl who brought a smile to everyone’s  face. In her honor, Sophie’s Angel Run was established to help change the outcome of children diagnosed with brain tumors through pediatric research and to keep her memory alive through an educational scholarship fund.

OUR MISSION
Sophie’s diagnosis and death were a tragedy. However, Sophie’s 18-months of life on earth were not. Anyone that knew Sophie knew she was full of life. Sophie never stopped moving during her 18 months on earth.

Our family became determined to do whatever we could to prevent other families from suffering from this devastating diagnosis and disease and to celebrate her life.

Each September, we hold a memorial 5K Run/Walk in Sophie’s honor called Sophie’s Angel Run. The goals of this event are:

  • To raise awareness of lack of funding for Pediatric Brain Tumor Research
  • Raise money for Pediatric Brain Tumor Research projects.  Previous projects include:
    • Preclinical Testing of High-Grade Glioma investigated by Dr. Lionel Chow, MD, PhD and Dr. Ronald Waclaw, PhD at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
    • Institutional prospective pediatric autopsy study investigated by Dr. Mariko DeWire, MD at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
  • Keep Sophie’s Memory alive through educational scholarships.
  • Help our family and immediate community through the grieving process

OUR PHILOSOPHY
To become BETTER rather than bitter from Sophie’s death and to help change the outcome of children diagnosed with brain tumors.

FUND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Fall of 2006

  • At the time of Sophie’s death we requested, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Over $17,000 was donated in Sophie’s memory.
  • We donated these funds to the Childlife Department at CCHMC to purchase musical instruments for the newly developed music therapy program and toys/materials for the activity rooms.

February 2008

  • Over $40,000 donated to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for Pediatric Brain Tumor Research
  • Four $500 scholarships in Sophie’s memory awarded to incoming 8th graders at St. Jude School

February 2009

  • $45,000 donated to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for Pediatric Brain Tumor Research
  • Four $500 scholarships in Sophie’s memory awarded to incoming 8th graders at St. Jude School

February 2010

  • $50,000 donated to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for Pediatric Brain Tumor Research
  • Four $500 scholarships in Sophie’s memory awarded to incoming 8th graders at St. Jude School

February 2011

  • $50,226.05 donated to CCHMC for pediatric brain tumor research
  • $ 3,500 in scholarships awarded

February 2012

  • $57,226.05 to CCHMC
  • $3,000 in scholarships

February 2013

  • $70,226.05 to CCHMC
  • $3,500 in scholarships

February 2014

  • $77,226.05 to CCHMC
  • $4,000 in scholarships

February 2015

  • $65,226.05 to CCHMC
  • $4,000 in scholarships

February 2016

  • $78,226.05 to CCHMC
  • $4,000 in scholarships

February 2017

  • $100,226.05 to CCHMC
  • $4,500 in scholarships