Race for Sophia

Donations

$5,090

Percentage of goal

40.72%

Training Hours

388h 26m

Miles Trained

4,451

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From May 15th to June 30th, Super Cheap Signs will donate 10% of those profits to the race for Sophia.
 

About Sophia


Sophia was born a healthy and feisty little red head. Her first 2 years were a dream until she came home from preschool one afternoon and had a seizure that lasted 5.5 hours. After numerous tests and scans, Sophia was diagnosed with a Pilocytic Astrocytoma (grade 1 tumor) on her brain. She went into surgery a couple of months later and during surgery the doctors were surprised to find a large AVM (abnormal cluster of blood vessels). During removal of the AVM, Sophia had her first brain bleed. She recovered from her surgery, but a month later experienced a second intracranial bleed.

Sophia was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Hydrocephalus and Epilepsy from the damage sustained from her bleeds. She lived at Children's Hospital of Orange (CHOC) for 9 months in the PICU, enduring infection, a compromised immune system, shunts, and many more surgeries. After CHOC, Sophia spent another 9 months at Healthbridge Children's hospital where she learned how to eat, talk, walk and use her right arm and hand again.

Now, Sophia is home and she is a happy, well-adjusted, 4-year-old little girl. She is loving and silly and enjoys singing and dancing. She is the first person to walk into a room and makes friends with each person there before she leaves. A service dog will be life-changing for Sophia. Her dog will allow her to be independent and will comfort her during her seizures and medical procedures.

Sophia's Full Story

 
 

About the Race


 

2016 Race Across the West is an ultracycling event spanning 860 miles from California to Colorado.

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Meet Our Racers


 
 

Jon Holmquist

Race Athlete


Jon Holmquist has led the growth and evolution of Super Cheap Signs from a small printer to a nationally-established company. Jon is a graduate of Colorado State University with an emphasis in Psychology. He is well-known in the Austin community for his involvement in entrepreneurial and philanthropic organizations.

In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors and testing his limits with challenges such as the Grand Traverse Mountain Run, Triple ByPass Ride and his upcoming Race Across the West, an ultra cycling event benefiting selected charities.

 
 

Bryan Krause

Race Athlete


Bryan Krause is currently the Director of Student Services with Jefferson County Public Schools. He has previously served as a teacher, dean, assistant principal, and principal. During his tenure as principal at Platte Canyon High School, the school suffered a school shooting which created a passion in Bryan to help schools and mental health professionals in responding to crisis situations. In addition, Bryan also serves as the as the CEO of Golden Heart Senior Care of Colorado.

In addition to being a devoted husband and father of three children, Bryan has completed more than 20 ultra-distance running and cycling events.