Monthly Archives: April 2014

Can Team Sophia please stand up!

WOW!!!  A total of 89 participants representing “Team Sophia” at the WCS Run for the Wild 5K this year, raising a total of $3,560.  Making us the biggest team. We even received a few shout outs before both races began. You came out strong for us and we love you all for it.  Seeing all of our friends and family there was amazing.  We love how everyone was proudly displaying their tootsie roll pops in  their hair, hats, pockets, etc…We want to thank Christine Novak Micka for recommending the walk to us, Rosangela Servedio for recommending her brother Salvatore Travaglino who works for Metro Team Outfitters for creating the shirts.

I was actually able to complete the run in 33.27 with John’s help.  Only 3 short walks up hills but he kept me going.  Thanks brother!

Lucinda was surrounded by our friends and family who pushed through the course.

Everywhere you looked there was a Team Sophia shirt. Greg T from Z100 even stopped Christine Novak Micka’s cousin to ask about Team Sophia.

We had many virtual walkers in Florida…Thank you for all your love and support.

Running through the course brought back memories of Sept 16th. The last store we were in together as a complete family, The Gorilla exhibit where I took the last video of her….

All of you who supported us, took part in the run, listened to us recall memories of Sophia (probably repeating ourselves a hundred times), and allowed us to shed a tear (mostly me because Lucinda can hold her own in public), THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

If you are interested next year we are going to do it again. We are aiming for over 100 participants.

Just a note for Sophia

Tomorrow is the day that we have been planning for a couple of months. We are so excited to lead Team Sophia in a 5k run around the Bronx Zoo. Run for the wild. Our laces will be tied up. Our shirts will be worn proudly. Our hair will be accessorized with tootsie roll pops and our hearts will be filled with joy of knowing that you will be right there running along with all of us. You never did really walk. You were always running somewhere. We were always running after you. It would only make sense that we honor you by running in your favorite place for you!!!  After the race we will be sure to stop by and spend time with the gorillas and butterflies. When the gorilla sticks its tongue out at us we will know that is you with them just making us laugh. When a butterfly flints over to us we will know that is you stopping by to say hi. We are all honored to be apart of Team Sophia and this is a day to take time to remember you and all your silliness and craziness. This is a day for you Mommy’s girl.  We Lub you…. Let the races begin!!!!!!




Week of the Young Child

What a special way to celebrate children then to dedicate a whole week just for them. The Country Children’s Center does just that. They are an amazing daycare that gives so much love to the children and families that they work with every day. For 10 years I worked with them. What a wonderful family to be apart of.  Polly Peace the Executive  Director decided that she wanted to celebrate Sophia in a special way. They have dedicated a bench and beautiful plaque at their Watson Center in Memory of Sophia. The bench is set in the  gazebo where lots of children will sit and listen and tell stories. We are so blessed to be apart of The Country Children Center’s family. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts. We are very touched. Giovanna cant wait to go back and read to the children at the Watson Center.




More than just a bank…

Most of the time you go to the bank. You withdrawal, deposit, open new accounts etc… you don’t usually get to know the people behind the desk. My dear friend Lori Perri told her friend Jayson about us. Jayson is the Branch Manager at Wells Fargo on High Ridge Rd in Stamford Ct. For the past three years Wells Fargo has made it a new tradition to donate a huge stuffed animal, their mascot. They have donated a this huge stuffed animal horse to Giovanna. They thought this would brighten her day. It brightened it all right. She was soooo excited!!! She loves her horse and has named it Lightning. We are very touched by this gesture. We feel very blessed to have such wonderful friends in our lives.