Ellen Yeomans and Chris Arnold present Dr. Welch, professor and chair of Pediatrics at Upstate Medical University, with a $220,000 check for Golisano Children’s Hospital. Yeomans and Arnold represent Paige’s Butterfly Run, which raised a record amount for the hospital this year. The event is named after Yeomans and Arnold’s daughter, Paige, who died after battling leukemia. She was a first grade student at Palmer Elementary School.
continued “With money from Paige’s Run, we are able to do so much more,” Gary said, adding child life specialists draw on these funds to provide children with the latest videos, games and activities while they are receiving treatment at the hospital. This is especially important for children enduring a longer stay at the hospital, Gary said.
“When you are seeing 5,000 visits with cancer patients alone per year, [Paige’s Family Fun Fund] really makes a difference in what we have for the children,” Gary said.
Paige’s Butterfly Run not only raises money for the hospital, but also helps to raise awareness.
“In the community, when you talk about 2,600 participants, there is so much more awareness that we have gained from participants, families and friends through Paige’s Butterfly Run,” Gary said. “It helps to make people more aware of what Golisano is doing; people realize children do have cancer and they are being treated in Syracuse.”
By the numbers
In 2012, Paige’s Butterfly Run raised $253,000 to benefit the children of Central New York. After event expenses, the event returned $220,000 to the CNY community as follows:
$85,000 to Paige's Cancer Research Fund – to fund research at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in applications for pediatric oncology
$98,000 to Paige's Family Assistance Fund – to help 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
$15,000 to the Paige Yeomans Arnold Memorial Endowment Fund – a permanent endowment established with the Foundation for Upstate, 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
$17,000 to 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.
$5,000 to help fund the new pediatric cancer outpatient clinic (opening in 2014)