About Paige's Butterfly Run, Inc.
In 1993, Paige Yeomans Arnold 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, Paige’s parents 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, it was 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.
In an effort to grow the organization and expand our mission, Paige's Butterfly Run, Inc. added two new fundraising events, Pedaling 4 Paige and Clams 4 Cures in 2016.
Since its inception in 1997, Paige’s Butterfly Run has raised over $2,500,000 to support cancer research and patient programs at the William J. Waters Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.
What We Fund
Paige’s Cancer Research Fund
Funding research at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in applications for pediatric oncology
Paige’s Family & Survivor Assistance Funds
Assisting families at the Dr. William J. Waters Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital having financial difficulties due to their child’s illness, with help for treatment, wellness and survivorship.
Programs funded through Paige’s Family & Survivor Assistance Fund
Paige’s Burial Assistance Fund
Paige’s Comfort Kit Fund
Paige’s Support of Family Therapy Fund
Paige’s Supports ‘Champions Again’ Fund
* Peds Pals
* Cancer in the Classroom
Paige’s Survivor Wellness Fund
Paige Yeomans Arnold Memorial Endowed Professorship
A permanent endowment established with the Upstate Foundation, a portion of which will be used in the future to fund research and to provide financial assistance to families having difficulties due to their child’s illness.
Paige’s Family Fun Fund
Providing the Child Life Specialists on the inpatient and outpatient floors of the Dr. William J. Waters Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders with the resources for family meals, celebrations for birthdays and holidays, and to generally lighten their lives when they are in the hospital for treatment.
Programs funded through Paige’s Family Fun Fund
Paige’s Hospitality Fund
Paige’s Sibling Event Fund