Emily And Maddie


The families of Emily Barger and Maddie Harrill established the Butterfly Fund at the East Tennessee Foundation in memory of their daughters. Both of these beautiful little girls were diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, in 2007. Sadly, both of these girls passed away just weeks apart during the summer of 2008.

The Butterfly Fund supports research, treatment and services dedicated to the defeat of childhood cancers.
To date we have donated $165,000 to East Tennessee Children's Hospital and $20,000 to CureSearch.

Here are the facts about childhood cancer and why the Butterfly Fund continues its work.

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