Butterfly Fund 5K raises money for childhood cancer treatment

3:45 PM, Aug 17, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR - Sequoyah Hills) More than 1,000 people on Saturday ran and walked to help support local childhood cancer research, treatment and services.

The Butterfly Fund was started in 2008 in memory of Emily Barger and Maddie Harrill.

Both girls were diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer and passed away within weeks of each other during the summer of 2008.

Christina Harrill, one of the fund's co-founders, said all money raised from the 4th annual Butterfly Fund 5K is donated to the East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

The donations will help partially fund a new palliative care program at the hospital.

Harrill said the new program is intended to help make children more comfortable while they undergo long-term cancer treatment.

Throughout the weekend, a portion of proceeds at Brixx Pizza in Turkey Creek will also be donated to the charity. All you have to do is mention the "Butterfly Fund Fundraiser" when ordering. 

Click here for more information on how you can help support local childhood cancer treatment and research

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