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In 2001, Sophie and her Packer Collegiate classmates founded Kids Walk. At that time, Sophie's brother, Simon, was finishing treatment for stage IV neuroblastoma at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Inspired by his successful outcome, Sophie and her friends vowed to make a difference on behalf of other children with cancer. Together, they organized a walkathon they called the Packer Walk for Pediatric Cancer. Exceeding all expectations, the students raised over $35,000 for Memorial Sloan Kettering, and the idea of an annual event was born.

The following year, Sophie and her friends expanded the event, invited six other schools to participate. What began as an 8th grade homeroom project evolved and was renamed "Kids Walk for Kids with Cancer." In 2003, Kids Walk relocated from Brooklyn to Central Park, where the event has been held ever since. Motivated by Sophie and Simon's passion, others have followed in their footsteps, creating new school and family teams.

Kids Walk attracts students, families, and supporters and continues to grow. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $5 million, with over $2 million raised in the last two years. This money helps fund research that’s leading to more effective, less toxic treatments for children with cancer — all while proving that kids can make a difference!

Sophie and Simon