Back again this year! You can sign up as a runner, walker, virtual butterfly or part of the cheering team! Something for everyone! Out of town? Sign up to participate virtually and receive a t shirt! Running or walking not your thing? Sign up to cheer on the participants and receive a t shirt! Guaranteed shirt if ordered by May 3rd! After this date, you are not guaranteed a shirt, but there may be select sizes to choose from after the race. NEW THIS YEAR! SELECT THE OPTION FOR NO SHIRT AND MORE MONEY IS DONATED TO CANCER RESEARCH! Interested in sponsoring? As a sponsor, you have the opportunity to help find a cure for this terrible disease. As a corporate partner of The Butterfly Run, you will align your business with other well-respected companies that promote social responsibility and will make a direct investment in improving the outcomes of people diagnosed with synovial sarcoma cancer in the Charlotte region. Please contact Laura Engel at [email protected] for more information.
USATF/RRTC CERTIFIED COURSE!!! (Certification Code NC 18005BW)
Help us fund synovial sarcoma research at the Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, NC and expand hope for synovial sarcoma cures. Funds will also help families defray expenses as their loved one battles this devastating disease. This 5k run/walk is to celebrate the memory of Lauren Marie Kimsey. The race will start with a release of 400 live butterflies. We hope that you will bring your entire family out for this event which will also feature live music, face painting, food and other vendors! To learn more about the cause, see below.
The Levine Cancer Institute
There are a number of high-profile cancer centers around the country that devote some portion of their financial and personnel resources to investigating and treating synovial sarcoma. In fact, the Levine Cancer Institute, right in our own backyard, is one of them! The Levine Cancer Institute opened its doors in Charlotte in 2012. We were impressed with their commitment to outstanding patient care and their laser focus on successfully treating cancers, including rare and complex ones like synovial sarcoma, right in the community in which patients live. This is critical for synovial sarcoma sufferers, who oftentimes have to travel great distances to access cutting-edge treatment options and knowledgeable physicians. This year we will directly support their synovial sarcoma research program with all of the funds generated through the Butterfly Run.
After a fight like no other, Lauren Kimsey lost her fight against this terrible disease on September 10, 2016….just months shy of her 40th birthday. Lauren’s fight began six years prior to her passing, when a small lump appeared on her arm. The initial diagnosis was a pulled muscle from exercise – as Lauren was very physically active, fit and the picture of health. After months of physical therapy with no relief, it was discovered that Lauren had synovial sarcoma – a rare soft tissue cancer with no known cure. The exact underlying cause of synovial sarcoma is poorly understood and it is the families wish to help find the cause and cure. In memory of Lauren, the “Lauren Marie Kimsey Foundation for Synovial Sarcoma, Inc.” was formed.