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Butterfly Walk for a cause

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Billy Parton

B. Parton

The Butterfly Walk is an event benefiting Cancerfree Kids. The fundraiser boasts a 5k run or one mile walk followed by unlimited access to a fun park which includes inflatables, pony rides, food and other games.

Each year over 1500 families attend, some supporting their children in their fight with cancer, others remembering those who were lost.

J. F. Burns student Becca Kniskern will be participating with her family and team named “Becca’s Believers.” The team is comprised of her family members as well as her bone marrow donor Matthew. 

Kniskern was asked to design the commemorative tee shirt for the event, which is given to each participant and volunteer.

This is the 9th annual Butterfly Walk and has a goal of raising and donating at least $100,000 dollars to fund pediatric cancer research. Children who are directly benefiting from the research participate in the walk with their inspirational teams, usually made up of close family members.

Kings High School students have volunteered for this event the past few years through the KHS Community Service Club led by KHS teacher Tim Guilfoyle. KHS students make up a large percentage of the volunteers each year.

“Amidst all the fun and laughter there is a dark overtone, because you know that there are parents at the walk who’ve lost children to pediatric cancer. It’s an incredibly moving experience and I think an important experience for our high school students to have,” states Guilfoyle.

This year’s Butterfly Walk will be held May 9th at Cottell Park in Deerfield Township.

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