HOLDEN – A family in central Massachusetts has been missing the sun for 10 long years. Sweet Sophia, who died of complications from leukemia.
“It feels like we haven’t held it, felt it, heard it for so long. And at the same time, it feels like it happened yesterday,” Sophia’s mother Rebecca Kuczarski said.
“She was really sweet. She was a shining light in our lives. Yeah, I miss her a lot. Everyday,” her cousin Remy St. Germain added.
This family lives its life for her; their daughter who is still four years old. Remy, 16, from Holden, wears a football number from the day Sophia went to heaven.
“I feel like when I put it on and play for her, I kind of honor her in every game. It motivates me to play my best,” the Wachusett Regional sophomore said. High.
On Saturday afternoon, Remy walks 50 miles to Gillette Stadium, to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer.
“I wanted to do something for her, I felt like she needed something big,” he said.
Remy raises funds for Why Me and Sherry’s House – the organizations in Worcester who supported her family after the loss of their Sophia. Once Remy arrives at Gillette, the New England Revolution will recognize him in their childhood cancer match, as the hero of the match.
It’s such a gift for her family, especially Remy’s aunt – Sophia’s mother.
“We get to talk about Sophia again. Often when you lose a child, you don’t hear that child’s name. I can’t be called Sophia’s mother. Remy can’t be called her cousin. It’s nice to have an event where our whole family can talk about Sophia, share memories with her, it makes her feel even more present in our lives,” Rebecca said.
And, in the wind at Remy’s back…
“She will definitely help me ride my bike.”
Click here to support Remy and his walk in memory of Sophia.
Another way to support Why Me and Remy is to attend the Revs game on September 17, buy your tickets here. A portion of tickets purchased via this link will be donated to Remy’s Ride and Why Me.