MEDINA, OH (WOIO) - It's called Sophia's Smile. On Saturday, May 6, more than 100 people are expected at Buckeye Woods Park in Medina. The race starts at 9 a.m. Onsite registration is available and begins at 7:30 a.m. The cost of the race is $30.
Finding a name for the race and non-profit setup in Sophia's name didn't take long.
"We would go a lot of places and people would say to us, 'I was having a bad day and she made me smile'," Hornbeck said. "And I just felt like this is Sophia smiling down helping other families."
Money raised goes to families who may have trouble buying a headstone of their liking. It's an expense many aren't prepared for especially with the sudden loss of a child.
While at Akron Children's, they learned that small plaques are offered to families who can't afford a headstone. Hornbeck knew at that moment she wanted to make a difference.
"Some of the families like to put the picture of their child or a saying, and I just want a family to be able to go to their resting place and have something they like," Hornbeck said.
Sophia's Smile has helped close to a dozen families over the years.
"It is healing," Hornbeck said. "I love helping people, and I just felt like it was very important to give back."