‘Sophia’s Team’ spreading love from loss

Family honoring their daughter, Sophia, by wearing red and creating "Sophia's Team" (Photo by: WDTN/Jake Ryle)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) —  It’s a cause that hits close to home for many in the Miami Valley.

And it’s a story, for Sarah Smallwood, that hits close to the heart even nearly five years after.

“In 2010, my husband and I were expecting our first child,” she said.

At about 20 weeks into the pregnancy, doctors told Sarah and her husband, Tim, that they noticed something wasn’t quite right on ultra-sounds.

“That’s when we discovered she had congenital heart defects.”

She, Sophia, lived for 40 days, but her impact on earth can still be felt to this day.

“We are the parents of two little girls. One’s just not here. So it’s nice to carry her life each day with us. We wear it on our heart every day.”

Sarah’s coworkers at Dayton’s APG Furnishings emphasize that cause by supporting the National Wear Red Day.

Jeff Schultz works in sales for the company. He says a new sit-to-stand desk will encourage movement in offices in the future.

“It creates a lot of flexibility in my workday to give me freedom of movement.”

He says the sit-to-stand desk he works in helps him stay healthy.

Employees were upholstered in red Friday moving the movement across their five locations.

“It was something that based on their life circumstances, they had a passion for, and it’s just become part of our culture in what we support each year.”

Sarah tells us they have set up a group called Sophia’s Team on Facebook geared toward 40 days of random acts of kindness.

“If we can just share her story to a stranger and have it touch their life or change their life because they’re more aware about heart defects and heart disease then hopefully we have helped another family.”

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