Sat August 7 - Thu August 12 Baldwinsville, NY 13027 US Directions
Fighting Pediatric Cancer and Funding Hope.
Every Day!
Live In Person Event

5K Run/Walk

08/07 8:15AM EDT 1 start time (8:15am) Participants must commit to fundraising a minimum of $250

Held in conjunction with the Taste of Syracuse, this annual event brings over 2,000 runners and walkers from across Central New York to downtown Syracuse each year to participate in one of the region’s premier 5K races.

Your participation in Paige's Butterfly Run helps to fund local pediatric cancer research and patient programs at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Due to the extent of the unknowns going forward and the current NYS restrictions on mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to host a hybrid event this year. This includes a limited 250 in person event option at Palmer Elementary with a fundraising minimum of $250 and a virtual event option. Our goal is to give you the opportunity to still run/walk Paige's Butterfly Run together, but safely apart.

This year, Paige's Butterfly Run will be celebrating its 25th event. We are excited to be hosting our in person event at Palmer Elementary where Paige's Butterfly Run originated and was held from 1997-2007 before going downtown Syracuse with the Taste of Syracuse in 2008.

The Story Behind the Organization

In 1993, Paige Yeomans Arnold was a seemingly healthy 6 year old first grader at Palmer Elementary School in Baldwinsville NY, when she was diagnosed with leukemia. Paige was then treated at what is now the Dr. William J. Waters Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse NY. Paige ultimately underwent a bone marrow transplant in an effort to cure her leukemia at Boston Children’s Hospital in 1994. Sadly, complications from the transplant led to her death in August of that year.

In the Spring of 1997, Paige’s parents were approached by a group of teachers at Palmer Elementary that wished to honor Paige in what would have been her last year at the school. In short order, it was decided that a walk\run event would be organized. All proceeds were slated to benefit a college scholarship fund and the Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders in Paige’s memory. The butterfly was selected as a symbol of the event not only because she was so fond of them, but because they typified her: beautiful and gentle, but strong beyond imagining.

After hosting the event from 1997-2007 at Palmer Elementary, Paige’s Butterfly Run came to downtown Syracuse in 2008 with the Taste of Syracuse Festival.

Since its inception in 1997, Paige’s Butterfly Run has raised over $3,700,000 to support cancer research and patient programs at the William J. Waters Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. 

Paige's Butterfly Annual Run Photos at Palmer Elementary

If you participated in Paige's Butterfly Run when it was held at Palmer, we'd love to see your pictures! You can email them to 


Thank you to our generous sponsors! Click here to view our Paige's Butterfly Run sponsors for 2021.

We strive to make our annual Paige's Butterfly Run event more successful each year so we can help more children. Support from community organization’s is essential in helping make this happen. Sponsorship opportunities for Paige's Butterfly Run are still available. If you’re interested in being a corporate sponsor or making an in-kind contribution, please contact us at

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