Ascher Shostak holds butterfly while Chayton Williamson looks on

The Brain Tumor Foundation for Children paid tribute to kids living with brain tumors at the organization’s third annual family picnic May 21 at Morgan Falls Overlook Park.

Held during National Brain Tumor Awareness Month, the event featured activities like face painting, games and a dunk tank. A live butterfly release honored children who have been served by the organization and a “celebration of life” activity recognized the children who have died from the disease.

“Brain tumors are the leading cancer causing death in children,” said Sherry Samuels, Director of Patient and Family Services, “and they create exceptional challenges for youngsters and their families. Treatment can continue for years and survivors often battle ‘late effects’ or post-treatment problems that may include secondary cancers, cognitive delays, seizures, growth abnormalities, visual/auditory problems, and more. BTFC provides critical support and assistance to children and their families throughout this difficult journey.”

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