Swinging for Sophia benefit golf tournament

People along the Coast continue to support Sophia both emotionally and financially throughout her journey. News 25’s Kendra Turley takes us to a fundraiser in her honor at the Bridges Golf Course in Bay St. Louis.
Today’s muggy weather kept most people indoors, but the cloudy skies and scattered showers didn’t stop dozens of people from swinging for Sophia. Family friend Pam Jones said, “She’s God’s precious gift and we’re out here supporting her. If I have to do 24/7s, I’ll do 24/7s.”
Sophia, also known as Bug, has a tumor on a major structure in the upper part of her brain stem. Community members organized a golf tournament to help the family with both present and future medical expenses. Bobby Herron is Sophia’s relative. He said, “If it just keeps continuing on likes it going I don’t think you could ask for anymore. This community has just really come together, really got a lot of support.”
Gift baskets, autograph sports memorabilia, and luxury items were up for auction with all proceeds going right back to Sophia and her family.
Family members tell News 25 the seven-year-old remains positive throughout everything and cannot wait to reunite with familiar faces. “She’s in good spirits whenever she’s in good spirits. She’s always kind of a jokester. She’s a real witty girl. She’s doing as good as can do,” said Herron.
Organizers say the golf tournament was just one small way to show Sophia how big her support system truly is. “Sophia means the world to the whole community. She’s the sunshine,” said Jones.

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