Miss A was just 8 years old when she was nominated for assistance through The Butterfly Foundation’s support program. Miss A’s family consists of two loving parents and two older sisters who are 16 and 12 years old. They are immigrants from India and a part of the Colorado Christian Academy community.

In 2021, 7 year old Miss A was healthy and in school, she had been born with a heart condition and was now at her most able state. Her journey up to this point had not been an easy one. From birth, she had been eating through a G-tube and had to have a lot more assistance from her parents and older sisters completing her activities of daily life. She persevered learning to eat without the G-tube and gained control of her body so that she could enjoy life as any other child at her. At 7, Miss A had a full life at school with friends and was as normal as she could be, with the exception of her heart condition and the G-tube that was still in place for medicine.
Last October 2021 Miss A hadn’t been feeling well and so her parents immediately booked an appointment with Miss A’s heart specialist. During the check up, Miss A went into cardiac arrest and fought for her life for 16 minutes. Once the cardiac event ceased, Miss A’s brain  had been injured during the event and she was labeled brain dead. Miss A was previously on the list to receive a heart transplant, but because of the new status of her brain activity she no longer qualified and was ineligible.

Miss A’s family not only had to bear the burden of worry for their daughter and sister, but they would to begin to face large obstacles that would change life as they knew it. Unfortunately their home needed to be fumigated due to pests returning home with them from the hospital. Many things needed to be thrown out and replaced. Once they were allowed back in, Mis A’s parents both took on her 24/7 care to fulfill all of her needs. They suffered unemployment as they had been unable to find sufficient and reliable home health care for their daughter in post pandemic times. The family’s emotions were stretched, not only from the level of care they are having to provide for their daughter, but for themselves and watching each other struggle. 

With the help of a school friend, Miss A came into contact with The Butterfly Foundation and was able to create her support strategy to support her, and her family, as they got back on their feet to and feel normal again. The Butterfly Foundation was able to provide a pressure relief mattress for Miss A to lay comfortably on, groceries for the family for 3 months, a hot meals for the family when Miss A unfortunately returned for a brief time to the hospital, and support in finding mental health resources. Lastly, The Butterfly Foundation was able to assist with past utility bills and provide mortgage payment relief, with the help of private donors. Today the family is still adjusting to life, as Miss A continues to heal and the rest of the family gets back into their own routines.

The Butterfly Foundation is honored to have been a support to Miss A and her family during this challenging time in their lives. If you know of any Colorado families who could use assistance, please do not hesitate to nominate them for our support program. Application can be found on our Support Program Application page or by following this link: https://coloradobutterflyfoundation.org/apply/

The Butterfly Foundation invites you to our spooky and fun filled 2nd Glamoureen Party!

This is a party not to be missed! Featuring the to-die-for local eats from Jimmy Lambatos, live music and a bar with the perfect elixirs to make you float across the dance floor!

Click Here to Register!

Tickets: GA Tickets can be purchased up until the evening of the event. Ticket prices will be increased at the door.
Glamour Ticket: This is the party to have fun and go all out, and in case you need it, we enlisted the Glam Squad at Blo Blow Dry Bar to help get you ready for Glamoureen. Select the Glamour Ticket and we will arrange with you to schedule a time with the Glam Squad.

Prizes $150 will be awarded for the Most Glam Costume and $200 will go to the Most Glam Couple.

All proceeds from the event benefit the mission of The Butterfly Foundation.

In August 2019, Littleton, CO resident Karen lost her husband Andy at the Steamboat Stinger mountain bike race after placing 8th in the coed duo category. Later it was discovered that Andy suffered from cardiac arrest caused by an undetected heart defect. 

Andy and Karen’s family lived by the phrase, “Get Busy Livin’,” and they demonstrated that energy in all their passions, which included bike racing, skiing and fishing. Their son Jett carries on the energy of his parents and is nationally ranked in cyclocross and mountain bike racing. 

Once the Butterfly Foundation’s support network was activated, we looked for a way to support Karen so that she and Jett could once again, “Get Busy Livin’”. Together with friends of the family, we call “Andy’s Angels,” we learned that Andy had recently performed a demolition the kitchen in preparation for a remodel, but they lacked funds to put it back together. After cooordinating over $35,000 of donations toward the family, we set out on a mission to put the kitchen back together prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. The photo below was taken on Wednesday, November 27, 2019—the day before Thanksgiving! 

Karen will be “paying it forward” by starting a foundation that promotes heart health, and will raise funds toward provision of sufficient AED devices at endurance races in CO.

Click here to view the video of her kitchen reveal!

In March 28, 2020 Jennifer Krauss, a single mother and beloved daughter and friend, passed away in Centennial, CO. Jennifer was active, vivacious, and an incredible mother to her two children, John (14), a student at Cherry Creek High School, and Izzie (11), a “straight-A” student with aspirations to go to medical school. 

Upon her death, Jennifer’s family learned that her estate would need to be directed toward her sizable medical bills, which meant her children would be without funds toward their future educational needs.

The ButterflyFoundation, along with the generous support of the Denver community, fundraised over $20,000 to support John and Izzie’s college funds. We are grateful for the communities support of Jennifer’s children and look forward to learning of the wonderful things they will accomplish in memory of their mother.

ebony bucknerEbony Buckner and her 6-year-old son, Shamar, lived out of a suitcase for two years. To escape an abusive relationship, they bounced between short-term housing and women’s shelters, taking refuge where and when they could. Ebony and Shamar were first featured on Denver’s CBS4 news, where she explained that she took eight train or bus trips every day to get herself to work and her son to school. When local resident Anita Holland saw her story, she felt instantly compelled to help.

Together, Anita and CBS4 reached out to The Butterfly Foundation. We knew immediately that Ebony was an ideal recipient of aid from our organization since we exist to help those experiencing hardship or tragedy who may typically “fall between the cracks” of other charitable organizations. Within a month, we were able to move Ebony and Shamar into a new apartment, closer to her job and Shamar’s school and complete with brand new furniture from American Furniture Warehouse and CORT.

“Ebony just wants to be the best mother that she can be,” says Deborah Givray, Executive Director of The Butterfly Foundation.

“Now, she can stop worrying about their living situation and focus on her family and education.” As a hard-working single mother, Ebony puts her son Shamar above everything else; as a surprise, we also coordinated a total beauty makeover for her so that she can take a well-deserved moment to treat herself.

We are so grateful to CBS4 and Anita Holland for bringing us Ebony’s inspiring story and allowing us to help her carve a path to success.  To watch their story CLICK HERE

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Children’s Hospital Day of Miracles Radiothon – Children’s CIRCLE OF CARE

The Butterfly Foundation generously donated $10,000.00 in 2017 to support the Denver Children’s Hospital Foundation during the Day of Miracles Radiothon attended by Nancy Fitzgerald. This major contribution qualified for a membership into the CHILDREN’S CIRCLE OF CARE (CCC). CCC is a program that honors leading individual benefactors to 26 prominent children’s hospitals in the United States and Canada. CCC was established to encourage private investment in pediatric medicine and recognize leading benefactors for the critical role they play in advancing children’s health. The program honors philanthropists whose contributions ensure excellence in patient care, the education and training of pediatric physicians and medical professionals, research for better treatments and cures, and advocacy for children’s health and wellbeing. CCC membership is open to individuals, couples and family foundations that make cash contribution(s) of $10,000 or more in a calendar year, according to contribution criteria, to any of the 26 participating children’s hospitals.

Our Participating Denver Children’s hospital honors local CCC members personally through a variety of means including exclusive invitations to special events, behind-the-scenes looks at the practice of medicine and opportunities to interact with leading physicians and researchers.

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Thanks to the generosity of The Butterfly Foundation, the American Red Cross purchased a truck (Chevrolet Silverado) to be used for disaster relief in our local Colorado communities. Volunteers drive this truck on scene to local disasters, which occur almost daily, and provide critical assistance and hope to families devastated by fire. It is only because of your generosity that families can take a step forward, be comforted by a Red Cross blanket and be provided with their most basic needs. On behalf of the 933 Colorado families who received aid from the Red Cross last year, following a house fire, thank you. Thank you for being the best part of someone’s worst day.

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Lynda was a stage 3 breast cancer survivor and a Butterfly Foundation recipient. After undergoing numerous chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Lynda found herself constantly ill, exhausted, and she was disheartened by the fact that she could not recognize her own reflection in the mirror. She had lost all of her hair, and the chemotherapy had taken a huge emotional and physical toll on her. The Butterfly Foundation gave Lynda an extensive makeover that took six months to complete.

Her makeover included a CO2 Fraxel Laser procedure, and breast reconstruction. Healthier, stronger, more confident, and as beautiful as ever, Lynda is now feeling good about her health and her appearance.  To watch her story Click Here  

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Anne Hanson’s daughter reached out to The Butterfly Foundation requesting if we could help support her mother after she had gone through a very rough patch in her life. Anne had gone through a divorce from her first husband, and her second husband left the family without any notice; leaving Anne struggling with three part-time jobs and caring for her son, Todd, who was 37 and suffered from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Todd was completely wheelchair bound; perpetually living on feeding tubes and a vent. The Butterfly Foundation donated a state of the art computer to Todd that was equipped with a Gaze Tracking application which allowed him to communicate and interact with the world.

Though this small gesture of help for Todd alleviated much of the reliance he had on his mother, the Butterfly Foundation did not stop there. Anne Hanson received complimentary therapy sessions, along with a beautiful makeover, that helped her feel like herself again. The main goal was to remind Anne that she was not on this journey alone, and that she will get through this rough time in her life feeling strong, confident, beautiful, and supported by her community. To watch her story Click Here

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Launa Stiles was devastated when she had lost the love of her life, Sgt. Jonnie L. Stiles, due to a roadside bombing in Afghanistan while he was serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Sgt. Stiles was a true hero that protected his country’s freedom with passion and love in his heart, and he had made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and his family.

The Butterfly Foundation, along with Solera Salon, wanted to show how much we appreciate our troops and their families. Though it was a small gift of thanks for the families that have supported our heroes, this is a heart warming story of a true community in action. To watch her story Click Here

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