The story behind the event

In 1993, our daughter Paige was a seemingly healthy 6 year old first grader at Palmer Elementary School in Baldwinsville NY, when she was diagnosed with leukemia. Paige was then treated at what is now the Dr. William J. Waters Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse NY. Paige ultimately underwent a bone marrow transplant in an effort to cure her leukemia at Boston Children’s Hospital in 1994. Sadly, complications from the transplant led to her death in August of that year.

In the Spring of 1997, we were approached by a group of teachers at Palmer Elementary that wished to honor Paige in what would have been her last year at the school. In short order, we all decided that a walk\run event would be organized. All proceeds were slated to benefit a college scholarship fund and the Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders in Paige’s memory. The butterfly was selected as a symbol of the event not only because she was so fond of them, but because they typified her: beautiful and gentle, but strong beyond imagining.

After hosting the event from 1997-2007 at Palmer Elementary, Paige’s Butterfly Run came to downtown Syracuse in 2008 with the Taste of Syracuse Festival. Paige’s Butterfly Run is comprised of three events:

  • USAT&F certified 5K race through downtown Syracuse neighborhoods (including the unique Centipede category!)
  • 3K fun fitness run/walk
  • 40-ft. “Caterpillar Crawl,” a free, quick and fun scramble for kids 5 and under

Participants in the 5K race and the fitness run/walk events are encouraged to ask family and friends for sponsorships, with prizes awarded to the top individual and team fundraisers. There are age group awards for the 5K run and finishers ribbons for all participants in all events.

Please join us for the next Paige’s Butterfly Run, either as a participant or as an individual or corporate sponsor. Help us make a difference in the lives of children in Central New York. Thank you.

Chris & Ellen
Paige’s Parents

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