Butterfly Awards 2012
Children’s Cancer Research Fund honored five individuals and organizations with its Butterfly Award during its 2012 Annual Meeting and Partnership Summit, held on October 9. This year, the awards, which recognize outstanding service to the charity and its mission, honored individuals in five categories: Corporate, Community, Volunteer, Care Partners and Medical.
The butterfly, which embodies hope, is Children’s Cancer Research Fund’s official organizational symbol. A butterfly represents the changes a child encounters while undergoing cancer treatment. From the cocoon of treatment and isolation, a child emerges—healthy and ready to take flight.
Corporate Category winner, Best Buy, has been a generous supporter of the charity since 1995, having given nearly $270,000 in donations and in-kind contributions.
Fundraising Partner Category winner, Date for Life, is a community fundraising event that has raised nearly $133,000 over the years. The event was founded by “It’s Just Lunch former owner Lynn Poferl and current owner Sarah Darling, in honor of Lynn’s daughter Katie Jurek who lost her battle to childhood cancer.
Volunteer Category winner, Stephen Bergerson, has given significant time to the organization for more than 25 years. As an attorney at Fredrikson & Byron, Steven has provided countless hours of pro-bono counsel to the organization in complex sweepstakes and trademark law.
Care Partners Category winner, Meghan Harris, has given more than 1,000 volunteer hours of support to 22 patients and families as a volunteer in our Care Partners program at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital.
Medical Category winner, Julie A. Ross, Ph.D., was recognized for exceptional levels of service as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center. Dr. Ross is a highly accomplished scientist, leading some of the world’s most comprehensive studies of the causes of childhood cancers. Dr. Ross is Children’s Cancer Research Fund’s Co-Chief Medical Advisor, holder of the Suzanne Holmes Hodder Chair in Pediatric Cancer Research.