People dressed as their favorite princess to support a Frederick family

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Everyone in the family from grandchildren to grandparents ran in crazy outfits in downtown Frederick all to remember two girls who passed away in a house fire back in 2013.

From tutus to tiaras, people from the Frederick community dressed up as their favorite princesses to honor two little girls.

“My girls passed away in 2013 in a house fire and we lost everything and our goal with starting the organization was to help remind families to play, learn, and create together because the only thing that had was memories,” said Chrissi Lillard, Sophie & Madigan mother.

Every year, members from Sophie and Madigan’s Playground run to remember the girls and raise money.

They take this charity to another fantastic level, at every princesses’ fantasy land, Disney World.

“Dude Runs like a Princess is our kick off to our half marathon in Disney World. We are an official charity team, a run Disney group,” said Lillard.

When it was time to start, princesses ran around the bell tower in Baker Park for just a little over half of a mile.

“I envy all women. I am doing this for a good cause to hopefully to break ground on the playground soon,” said Brandon Orff, first time runner.

“Well this is such a fun event and everyone enjoys coming. You can see the entire crowd. Everyone is laughing and joking with each other and you are looking at everyone’s costume and there outfits, so this event will definitely continue on,” said co-chair of Dude Runs like a Princess, Stephanie Tucker.

As each princess crossed the finish line, they were cheered on with a royal roar from the crowd.

“It is just ridiculously heart warming especially for how large of an area that Frederick is, it feels like a small town and we are so thankful for everyone’s support,” said Echo Morris, co-chair of Dude Runs like a Princess.

Proceeds from the beautiful boas, tiaras, and tutus were all donated to Sophie and Madigan’s Playground.

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