May 29, 2014
6th Annual Butterfly Release Set June 14 at Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU
Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will hold its 6th Annual Butterfly Release at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 14 in the Thomas Garden of Hope, Simmons Cancer Institute, 315 W. Carpenter St., Springfield. The public is invited to the free event.
SCI’s Butterfly Release is a celebration of anyone facing a health-related issue. The event also recognizes family members, friends, and professional caregivers who provide understanding and assistance during health challenges.
Butterfly sponsorships are available for $25 by calling 217-545-2955 or online at www.siumed.edu/cancer. To receive additional information regarding other sponsorship opportunities, call Patsy Wappel at 217-545-0395.
Proceeds from the event stay local and provide resources for cancer research at Simmons Cancer Institute, said Evelyn Thomas, the honorary chair of the Butterfly Release.
Names of persons who are being celebrated and those being remembered are read publicly during the ceremony. Music and inspirational readings are also featured, followed by the release of butterflies native to central Illinois - the highpoint of the special program.
“This is a celebration of anyone who has experienced health challenges and a tribute to those who have taken this journey with them,” said Thomas, who donated funds for the garden in memory of her late husband Gordon, who died in 2003 of lung cancer.
The mission of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer needs through education, research, patient care and community service. Its website is www.siumed.edu/cancer.