COLUMBUS, Ohio – Nationwide Children’s Hospital is introducing The Butterfly Run, a 5k and Kids “Fun Dashes” sponsored by the Big Lots Foundation. The Butterfly Run is a fun, family-fitness event aimed at raising awareness & starting important conversations about mental and behavioral health. Additionally, the goal of the Butterfly Run is breaking the stigma often associated with behavioral and mental health and raising much-needed funds for lifesaving pediatric behavioral health research. Participants will be able to enjoy “Butterfly Village,” where there will be family-friendly activities.
Those interested in participating can register for the Butterfly run on site the morning of the race.
7:30 a.m., Saturday August 11.
Big Lots Corporate Headquarters, 4900 East Dublin Granville Rd., 43081
- Steve Testa, President, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation
- Tim Johnson, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Financial Officer, Big Lots, Inc.
The Butterfly Run is different than many runs that have taken place in Columbus and other parts of the country. The scope of pediatric behavioral health -- suicide, depression, eating disorders, ADHD and trauma – is wide, and the statistics are staggering:
- One in five children, ages 13-18, have or will have a serious mental illness[i]
- Half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14; three-quarters by age 24[ii]
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death in kids ages 10-241
- The average delay between onset of symptoms and intervention is 8-10 years1
Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Big Lots want to break stigmas and foster community conversation in support of children with behavioral health issues. Behavioral health issues in kids are on the rise nationally.
About Nationwide Children’s Hospital:
Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report ‘s 2018-19 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.
About Big Lots, Inc.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is a community retailer operating 1,416 BIG LOTS stores in 47 states, dedicated to friendly service, trustworthy value, and affordable solutions in every season and category – furniture, food, décor, and more. We exist to serve everyone like family, providing a better shopping experience for our customers, valuing and developing our associates, and creating growth for our shareholders. Big Lots supports the communities it serves through the Big Lots Foundation, a charitable organization focused on four areas of need: hunger, housing, healthcare, and education. For more information about the Company, visit www.biglots.com.
[i] National Alliance on Mental Illness. Mental Health Facts Children & Teens. Available at
Accessed June 19, 2018
[ii] National Alliance on Mental Illness. Mental Health Facts in America. Available -
Accessed June 19, 2018