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David Spangenthal

David Spangenthal

This February, Team Sophie will return for its 3rd Team Lifeline marathon to help raise money for Chai Lifeline and Camp Simcha. 

Camp Simcha, in particular, is a dreamland where Sophie had the chance to be whatever she wanted to be.  The first year Sophie went to camp, she was only 4.5 years old. She went the entire 10 nights away from home without a second thought. For a short time, she was able to completely forget about her illness and treatment, and  enjoy every single moment of her days surrounded by some of the most incredible friends, counselors and staff. 

Each day was an adventure: she got to ride in a helicopter, go boating, watch fireworks, bake, dance and eat ice cream every day. One day she would dress up as a princess, the next day a fairy, the next a nurse. There wasn't a spot on her head that wasn't covered in face paint and tattoos. From the minute she came home that first summer she was already looking forward to returning the next year and she told stories about camp the entire year.

There was no stopping her from going back to camp the following summer in 2019.  Even though she was very ill, Sophie somehow found the strength to pick up and go to camp, and this time she didn't call home once the entire 12 days. That second year she lost her first tooth, used up all of the camp's sprinkles and was able to find peace and happiness in a magical place that existed solely to make her happy. 

Sophie passed away a few days after returning from camp in July 2019.    We love you Sophie and miss you every day.

Please join our team in February in Miami. Walk, run, or donate to one of our runners to help an incredible organization that exists for the sole purpose of helping amazing kids like Sophie find happiness.


raised of $10,000 goal


1. Rachel Spangenthal
In awe of Sophie every day. I have such respect for Chai lifeline and all that they do. Excited to be a part of it- even if I can’t be there in person!
2. Rachel Weinstein
3. The Millers
4. Nancy Bravman
We will always love you so much sophie!!
5. Aaron & Debbie Stiefel
6. Linda Gans
Member of

Team Sophie


Fundraising History

Total Amount Raised since 2017
raised in 2017

Chai Lifeline Warrior


12 donors