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Why Join The Movement

Advocating for children's mental health is something everyone can do!

The Butterfly Run, presented by Big Lots, is a community fitness event to grow awareness, break stigmas, and raise funds for the On Our Sleeves® movement for children's mental health. 

On Our Sleeves has created a network of support around the millions of families around the country living with mental illness by addressing the stigma associated with this diagnosis and providing the tools necessary to improve behavioral health outcomes.

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, The Butterfly Run will be virtual. Complete your run or walk anytime between August 10 - October 31 while fundraising along the way. Culminating on October 10, World Mental Health Day, we will broadcast The Butterfly Run Celebration to thank our participants, donors, and sponsors for their support. No action is too small. No voice is too young. Together, we can transform children's mental health.

It’s $35 to register as a participant for The Butterfly Run. By registering for the Butterfly Run you will receive a t-shirt, medal, and swag bag. You will also be eligible for exclusive incentive gear as you reach fundraising milestones and receive access to our personalized fundraising portal as well as important event updates.

Now, more than ever, the dollars you raise are critical. Children's mental health is an often overlooked and a vastly underfunded component of pediatric health and research. Lack of healthcare resources and funding only complicate and hinder efforts to make significant changes that impact our youth during these critically important formative years. In March 2020, Nationwide Children's dedicated the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion with the goal of developing a national model for pediatric mental health care and research. Learnings gained from clinicians and scientists at Nationwide Children's will be freely shared to improve care for children everywhere.

Gifts of any size will help us accelerate the mission of On Our Sleeves, developed by the experts at Nationwide Children's Hospital, to provide free mental health educational resources to every community in America to educate families and empower advocates. We also support access to services by connecting families to trusted local resources.

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Breaking Stigmas

Let’s Celebrate!

Thank you to all of the runners and walkers from all over the country who supported last year's virtual Butterfly Run presented by Big Lots. YOU made this incredible, record-breaking year a reality and we are tremendously excited to share with you a special video featuring our CEO Tim Robinson and Big Lots CEO Bruce Thorn. We celebrate ALL OF YOU and give THANKS.
Together, we are transforming children’s mental health outcomes and breaking stigmas! Will you join us again in 2021?

Watch the video