The Butterfly Fund was established in 2008 by the families of Emily Barger and Maddie Harrill. Both Emily and Maddie were diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, in 2007. Sadly, both of these girls passed away just weeks apart during the summer of 2008.
The Butterfly Fund supports research, treatment and services dedicated to the defeat of childhood cancers and all funds raised by the organization are donated to East Tennessee Children's Hospital.
In addition to its other fundraising events, The Butterfly Fund has raised more than $125,000 for East Tennessee Children's Hospital.
This year's race, which is expected to draw more than 1,000 runners and walkers alike, will take place on Saturday, August 16 at 9 a.m. on Cherokee Boulevard in the Sequoyah Hills neighborhood near downtown Knoxville.