How Can I Participate in the 5K Butterfly Run/Walk?

What Is the 5K Butterfly Run/Walk? 

The annual 5K Butterfly Run/Walk is a race held in honor of Lauren Marie Kimsey, who lost her life to synovial sarcoma on September 10, 2016. Each year, the race begins with the release of 400 live butterflies. In the past, we’ve had fun activities like live music, a butterfly tent, animals from Zootastic, face painting, food vendors, and much more! Bring out the entire family, have fun, and support a good cause!

The Lauren Marie Kimsey Foundation hosts the 5K in order to raise money to fund synovial sarcoma research and help the families of those suffering from this disease. Specifically, we donate money to The Levine Cancer Institute, a high-profile cancer center that is committed to providing outstanding patient care and successfully treating cancers.

Synovial sarcoma is an incredibly rare form of cancer, which means sarcoma suffers often need to travel long distances to get the care they need. By donating to The Levine Cancer Institute, we hope to support their sarcoma research program and make it easier for those with sarcoma to have access to treatment.

How Can I Participate in This Year’s 5K Butterfly Run/Walk? 

This past year, we had over 300 runners/walkers participate in the Butterfly Run. Additionally, we are so proud to have raised $75,000 over the past three Butterfly Runs! While all of that money has gone to good use, we cannot wait to raise even more this year!

We are already so excited about next year’s 4th Annual 5K Butterfly Run/Walk. We hope to raise a total of $50,000 to donate towards synovial sarcoma research and the families of patients battling sarcoma. Our sights are set high, which is why we would love to see you and your family out at our next race! Here’s the information for next year’s run:

  • When? Next year’s 5K Butterfly Run/Walk will be on May 16, 2020. In past years, the 5K usually begins at 8 a.m.
  • Where? Aquesta Bank Headquarters in Cornelius, NC
  • How? Check back to this page closer to the race for a link to registration!

We are always looking for volunteers to help us out before and on the day of the race. Check out our volunteer opportunities or contact us now to learn how you can get involved with The Lauren Marie Kimsey Foundation!


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