Sophie’s Angel Run has been a staple of the West Side of Cincinnati since 2007. The 5K Run/Walk takes place in Bridgetown, OH and annually attracts thousands of families, friends and runners.
The Meinhardt Family originally started the event after losing their daughter Sophie to a rare and aggressive brain tumor. The community rallied behind them in order to honor Sophie and raise money for medical research and educational scholarships. In 2021 the campaign was able to raise over $85,000 which benefitted Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and $5,000 in scholarships to students of several local catholic schools.
“Immediately after Sophie died it was so important for us to not only let everyone know what happened but to also celebrate her life. Anyone that knew Sophie knew she was full of life. Sophie never stopped moving during her 18 months on earth. One of her favorite things to do was to ride in the double jogging stroller with her big sister Mia while their Daddy ran. Sophie was a happy little girl who was loved every minute of every day”. Mark and Missy Meinhardt, Parents
In 2022 the event has been renamed “The Angel Run” and event coordination turned over to the families of The Cure Starts Now. The Meinhardt family is still be involved and want to ensure the event can continue for years to come as it provides so much value to the community and the beneficiaries.
“Our family is connected with the Meinhardt family in our collective desire to help the next family effected by cancer. Helping to carry The Angel Run on is just one of those ways. I think our angels will be watching over our efforts and cheering us on”. Brooke Desserich, Co-Founder, The Cure Starts Now.
The Cure Starts Now was started in honor of 6-year-old Elena Desserich, a Cincinnati girl who battled a rare, aggressive form of brain cancer known as DIPG. Today, The Cure Starts Now Foundation has over 40 chapters in three countries and is the only cancer foundation dedicated to finding the Homerun Cure™ for cancer by focusing on one of the rarest, most aggressive forms of cancer. Believing in more than just awareness, The Cure Starts Now has funded over $29.9 million in cancer research, resulting in over 132 cutting edge research grants in 15 countries since 2007.