A local organization that fights childhood cancer and illnesses presented a big check to the Golisano Children's Hospital Wednesday.
Paige's Butterfly Run donated $215,000 to go toward cancer research and care at the hospital. Named for Paige Yeomans Arnold, who died from complications from leukemia, the run is held every June.
Paige was a first grade student at Baldwinsville's Palmer Elementary School when she was diagnosed. She underwent treatments at Golisano Hospital in Syracuse, and eventually at the Children's Hospital in Boston.
A portion of the money donated will go towards creating backpack comfort kits for newly diagnosed patients and their families. The kits will be packed with items including toiletries, gift cards for food, and more.
Paige's parents, Chris Arnold and Ellen Yeomans, know firsthand how comforting something like this can be.
"Ellen and I, having been through the experience, know when you're a parent with a child that's got a chronic condition, or acute, you're going back and forth to the hospital a lot and this is something that helps them with that process," Chris Arnold explained.
They want to thank the Central New York Community for their support, which has helped Paige's Butterfly Run raise $1.7 million dollars for cancer research and care, since it was started in 1997.
"As a parent and a member of the community, to see the community support us so strongly, whether it be our wonderful corporate sponsors, or the folks that come out to run, walk, or crawl -- because we do crawl -- the fundraiser has grown in Paige's name," Arnold said.
This year, Paige's Butterfly Run/Walk steps off from Franklin Square in Downtown Syracuse June 7.