Butterfly release to honor loved ones, celebrate survivors on June 3
Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will host its 15th Annual Butterfly Release at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, in the Thomas Garden of Hope, Simmons Cancer Institute, 315 W. Carpenter St., Springfield. The public is welcome to attend the event. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
Butterfly sponsorships are available for $25 by calling 217-545-2955 or online at siuf.org/events/butterfly.php. To receive additional information regarding other sponsorship opportunities, contact Patsy Wappel at 217-545-0395.
Funds raised benefit cancer research at Simmons Cancer Institute and stay in this region.
SCI’s Butterfly Release is a celebration of support for anyone facing a health-related issue. The event also recognizes family members, friends and professional caregivers who provide understanding and assistance during health challenges.
Names of individuals who are being celebrated or remembered are read publicly during the ceremony. The event also features music and inspirational readings, followed by the release of butterflies native to central Illinois, the high point of the special program.
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. SIU Medicine, the health care practice of the school of medicine, includes clinics and offices with more than 300 providers caring for patients throughout the region.