SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A Utah teen who died before her time will have a special place of honor at Primary Children's Medical Center.
17-year-old Sophie Barton collapsed while on a hike at an LDS girls camp in June of 2010.
She loved music and helping people and today her legacy lives on with the help from famous BYU and San Francisco 49er quarterback Steve Young.
Sophie was described as a young, vibrant young woman.
“We couldn't get the guitar out of Sophie’s hands,” said her mom Anne-Marie Barton. “She was an angel in our family.”
Known as a great singer and artist, Sophie had a promising musical career.
“She wanted to be a singer-songwriter and make it the whole way, her goals say that,” said Anne-Marie.
Anne-Marie told ABC 4 News before Sophie died from a heart arrhythmia in 2010 she loved to volunteer by playing music at hospitals and helping out family friends Steve Young and his wife Barb.
“We were so connected with Sophie and Sophie had played at benefits for the Forever Young Foundation
. I mean it was family,” said Steve Young.
So now, the Forever Young Foundation
is starting Sophie's Place at Primary Children’s Hospital.
“When the year anniversary came we just wanted to do something to memorialize Sophie,” said Barb Young.
Their vision? To remodel and expand the music therapy room and make a place kids can go to heal.
“We just realized it was the perfect marriage to memorialize Sophie and have a music therapy room in hospitals. A place where she volunteered and played her music,” said Barb.
It’s scheduled to be finished in early 2013 but hey still need the community's help to make it happen.
“Were expanding more than we thought. It’s got such momentum so well need more donations,” said Steve.
“For me this is my extension of Sophie,” said Anne-Marie.
Sophie's Place will be a place for healing and keeping the memory of a beloved teen alive.