SPARTANBURG — Butterflies land on arms and nearby flowers at the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health Garden.
Wings of Hope, a butterfly release hosted by Spartanburg Regional Foundation, elicits hope and healing each August for members of our community touched by a serious illness.
This year’s event will be on August 24 at 5:30 p.m. and will benefit cancer, heart and hospice care at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
Wings of Hope began as a one-time memorial and has grown into an annual celebration for survivors as well as a time to remember loved ones.
After his wife Terri passed away, Jon Jensen looked for ways to remember her. A butterfly release was organized for friends and family. With the help of Spartanburg Regional Foundation, Jensen has continued the event as an annual fundraiser that supports patient and survivor programs.
“Butterflies are a symbol of transformation,” said Kristy Caradori, executive director of the Foundation. “They provide a powerful reminder of life as we honor those battling illness as well as those who have passed away.”
Donations may be made in honor or in memory of a loved one. A gift at any level supports the mass butterfly release. A $100 donation provides an individual butterfly in a commemorative envelope to release at the event. For additional information, visit RegionalFoundation.com.
Spartanburg Regional Foundation is a charitable organization whose primary mission is to benefit the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System through direct support and support of community programs and services that share Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s mission of providing quality health care to our community.
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) offers a full spectrum of services through four hospitals: Spartanburg Medical Center, Pelham Medical Center, Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care and Union Medical Center. SRHS also includes Ellen Sagar Nursing Center, 113-bed long-term care, skilled nursing facility that offers nursing care and rehabilitation services. SRHS provides unparalleled oncological care through the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. The multidisciplinary Medical Group of the Carolinas has more than 300 physicians across seven counties in two states. SRHS employs nearly 6,000 associates and offers outpatient surgery centers, a vibrant post-acute division and a Level I Trauma Center. U.S. News and World Report ranked Spartanburg Medical Center the No. 1 regional hospital in South Carolina in 2014-15. The Commission on Cancer gave Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute its Outstanding Achievement Award.
This story courtesy of the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.