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Now in its 21st year, Paige's Butterfly Run steps off June 3

Now in its 21st year, Paige's Butterfly Run steps off June 3

Every June for 21 years, runners and walkers, including families of children cared for at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, come together for Paige’s Butterfly Run. Since its inception the event has raised more than $2 million in support of pediatric cancer research and pediatric cancer care at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The 2017 run will be held Saturday, June 3, in downtown Syracuse’s Clinton Square, adjacent to the Taste of Syracuse.

The event honors the memory of Paige Yeomans Arnold who was treated at the Dr. William J. Waters Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders at Upstate when she was just 8 years old. Under the leadership of Paige’s parents, Chris Arnold and Ellen Yeomans, the Paige’s Butterfly Run organizes and hosts the only walk/run in Central New York that supports pediatric cancer patients. The run regularly draws more than 3,000 participants.

“Chris and Ellen have created something that has a very real impact on the lives of families in our community who are touched by pediatric cancer, while also opening doors for our medical, nursing and cancer research staff to expand their knowledge.,” said Toni Gary, director of community relations and development for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and Upstate Foundation. “As the only facility in a 17-county area that treats pediatric cancer patients, it is our pleasure to partner with them.”

Through the Upstate Foundation, contributions from Paige’s Butterfly Run and related activities are used for a wide range of initiatives at Upstate. These programs and projects support pediatric cancer care, pediatric cancer research, and the families themselves, who are faced with many new challenges when presented with a diagnosis of childhood cancer.

To register or for more information visit Paige’s Butterfly Run or contact Toni Gary at the Upstate Foundation at 315-464-4264 or garyt@upstate.edu