March 1, 2016 8:48PM EDT
‘Butterfly Stories: Hope Takes Flight!’ Relay For Life Joins the ‘Butterfly Effect’ Movement in 2016
BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE …
Photo above: American Cancer Society Relay For Life “Butterfly Stories” Volunteer Lead Laura McCormick holds a sample decorated wooden butterfly.
Transformations can occur on many levels – both seen and unseen. Take the butterfly. Before gaining its beauty and the ability to take flight, a caterpillar must embark on a journey that can seem unbearable. However, it perseveres with the hope that it will emerge stronger. And it does, transforming into a butter y now able to soar, seeing life from a new perspective.
To honor survivors and caregivers and motivate them to share their personal stories of triumph and transformation, Relay For Life is excited to collaborate with the Butterfly Effect movement to introduce to you:
Butterfly Stories: Hope Takes Flight!
Just as the Relay for Life movement is lifted by cancer survivors and caregivers who are the face of hope, Butterfly Effect participants elevate the hopes of individuals by acknowledging that every person has the potential to make a difference and the power to change the world.
As a participant in a Relay for Life event, you already know how small acts of kindness can change the world for future generations.
Are you ready to take flight? Here’s what you need to look for:
Relay For Life will be hiding a butterfly somewhere in the community on ONE DAY (yet to be decided) and you then need to search for and find the butterfly. RFL will give hints and photos on social media to help you find it.
The person who finds the purple wooden RFL butterfly should notify Relay for Life in Bethel and you will receive instructions on how to decorate the reverse side of the butterfly.
Share a little bit about your story, in 300 words or less, whether you’re a cancer survivor, caregiver, family member, or friend, and/or honor a person of your choosing who has won the fight against cancer or who is still battling cancer.
We encourage you to share personal stories, add photos, decoupage, paint, whatever you like. Include a picture of yourself or your family member of friend for whom you are honoring. Please also include your contact info so we can reach you with any questions.
See some sample decorated butterflies below (click on image to view larger):
Be sure the decorations can withstand the test of time and travel, as the butterfly will eventually become part of a very special larger American Cancer Society installation that will include every butterfly that was hidden, decorated, and displayed – that’s potentially more than 5,000 butterflies from communities and campuses nationwide!
More information is coming soon.