Virtual CancerFree KIDS' Butterfly Walk & 5K, presented by Anthem

Join us on May 9, 2020


Join Us: May 9 - May 17, 2020

2020 Virtual CancerFree KIDS' Butterfly Walk & 5K, presented by Anthem

Now more than ever, it’s important for us to send a message of HOPE to kids with cancer and their families. 

At CancerFree KIDS we do one thing; we fund innovative research in search of gentler treatments and cures for kids with cancer. Each year at the CancerFree KIDS' Butterfly Walk & 5K, families, friends and co-workers form teams to celebrate survivors, remember those for whom a cure did not come soon enough and raise money in support of our kids and our mission to end childhood cancer. 

For the health and safety of our incredible supporters, CancerFree KIDS has made the decision to virtualize the 2020 Butterfly Walk & 5K, presented by Anthem. Join us as we create a positive impact for the future of those battling childhood cancer and give hope to those fighting right now.

While we all can’t gather together, there is still a way for all of us to unite virtually to support pediatric cancer research and to creatively honor and encourage those touched by childhood cancer.

General Questions?: or (513) 608-2411

Register for Free

If you have already registered as a Butterfly Walk & 5K participant then you can start planning your virtual run, walk or activity. If you had not registered prior to the virtual event announcement, click the “Register Now” above to let us know you will be joining our week-long Virtual CancerFree KIDS’ Butterfly Walk & 5K!

Fundraising Optional

The coronavirus pandemic has affected us all.  Those battling childhood cancer are still in desperate need of our support. We are truly grateful if you are able to make a gift or fundraise during this time.  We also understand there are many who have been financially or otherwise impacted during these challenging times and that may not be an option right now.  We invite you to join us in our fight against childhood cancer in whatever way that is most appropriate for your family.

You can still purchase your Butterfly Walk & 5K t-shirts here: Shirts are $20 each (or free for anyone who fundraises a minimum of $50 on their fundraising page). This year our shirt features a “UFO Butterfly” designed by Owen! You can read more about his story here

If you order on or before April 27 you will receive your t-shirt by May 9, the Virtual Butterfly Walk & 5K kick-off date.  If you are unable to purchase a t-shirt at this time, and you have a Butterfly Walk shirt from a previous year, we encourage you to wear it during your virtual 1 mile walk or 5k. 

Get creative with your activities – we will share with children battling cancer right now at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital!

A virtual race gives you the unique ability to be creative as you dedicate your 5k or 1-mile inspirational walk to those who have been touched by cancer.  Do a creative activity to incorporate pinwheels or butterflies in your walk or run to show that you are participating in the Virtual Butterfly Walk & 5K!

We encourage you to post photos with #butterflywalk and tag us @CancerFree KIDS and @Butterfly Walk for CancerFree KIDS on Facebook, @cancerfreekids on Twitter, and @cancerfreekids on Instagram. You can also send photos to and we will share them on our page!

Creative engagement activity examples include but are not limited to:


Complete Your 5k or 1 mile walk and creative activity during May 9 – May 17  

Once you have signed up for the Virtual Butterfly Walk & 5K, presented by Anthem, you decide on the distance and the course you want to complete. Keeping weather in mind, we’ve dedicated an entire week for everyone to complete their 1-mile walk, 5k and engagement activities. Pick the day that works best for you and your family to do yours!

This event is free and anyone can participate. We encourage kids to sign up too! There are no boundaries to what you can do (other than practicing social distancing, of course!). Let us know you will be walking or running with us by registering above.

1 Mile Inspirational Walk & 5K

Who can participate in a virtual run and walk?
Everybody and anybody! There is no age limit and there are no restrictions. So run, jog, walk, baby crawl, run alone or with your family. 

  1. Make sure you still register online by clicking the “Register Now” button above.
  2. Print your race bib and write in who you are honoring with your participation in the Butterfly Walk & 5K
  3. Invite your friends! The great thing about a virtual walk/run is that there are no limitations to who you invite to participate.
  4. Pick a date between May 9 and May 17 to run, walk and complete your creative activity.
  5. Tag us in your posts on social media or send us a picture no later than May 17th.  Please email your pictures and videos to   

Share Your Experience with Pictures and Videos

Take photos of your activity, 5k and/or 1 mile inspirational walk and share it with us before May 17th.  We’ll add your pictures and videos to social media and our website. 

Leading up to the event, we’ll reach out with fun weekly challenges and ideas you can do at home with your family. We encourage you to post photos and tag us @CancerFree KIDS and @Butterfly Walk for CancerFree KIDS on Facebook, @cancerfree kids on Twitter and @cancerfreekids on Instagram. Use #butterflywalk to help us all stay connected as we honor the call for social distancing.


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