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The Butterfly Run 5K


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This 5k run/walk is to celebrate the memory of Lauren Marie Kimsey. The race will benefit her favorite charity, Big Day at The Lake and The Lauren Marie Kimsey Foundation for Synovial Sarcoma. The race will start with a release of 250 live butterflies. We hope that you will bring your entire family out for this event which will also feature live music. To learn more about the cause, see below.

Big Day at The Lake

Every year, hundreds of children in the program enjoy a memory-making day of fun on Lake Norman. Volunteer "boat hosts" share their love of boating with the Bigs and Littles. Together, they spend the morning exploring and enjoying the lake. The day concludes with a picnic and fun activities for more than 600 participants at Duke Energy’s Explorium Huntersville. The ultimate goal of Big Day at the Lake is to provide a fun day on the lake for at-risk children, recruit Bigs, and raise money for a worthy organization - Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte.

The Lauren Marie Kimsey Foundation for Synovial Sarcoma, Inc.

After a fight like no other, Lauren Kimsey lost her fight against this terrible disease on September 10, 2016….just months shy of her 40th birthday. Lauren’s fight began six years ago, when a small lump appeared on her arm. The initial diagnosis was a pulled muscle from exercise – as Lauren was very physically active, fit and the picture of health. After months of physical therapy with no relief, it was discovered that Lauren had synovial sarcoma – a rare soft tissue cancer with no known cure. The exact underlying cause of synovial sarcoma is poorly understood and it is the families wish to help find the cause and cure. In honor of Lauren, the “Lauren Marie Kimsey Foundation for Synovial Sarcoma, Inc.” was formed.