The Butterfly Run Presented by Big Lots Foundation is Sept. 14

Family-fitness event to support national On Our Sleeves™ movement

August 8, 2019
2019 Butterfly Run Logo

In its second year in Columbus, The Butterfly Run will support the national On Our Sleeves™ movement created by Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Butterfly Run presented by the Big Lots Foundation is Sept. 14 at Alum Creek Park North, 221 West Main Street, Westerville, Ohio, and is a family-fitness event created to help bring awareness to childhood behavioral and mental health.

In its second year in Columbus, The Butterfly Run will support the national On Our Sleeves™ movement created by Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The event will champion the platform’s goal of raising awareness and advocacy about the one in five children living across America with a mental illness and ending the stigma often associated with these conditions.

To sign-up or learn more about the Butterfly Run, visit The Butterfly Run will feature a 100-meter kid’s dash at 8 a.m. followed by a 5K run/walk starting at 8:15 a.m. Pre-race festivities and music will begin in Butterfly Village starting at 7 a.m. The cost for the kid’s dash is $20, and 5K participation is $40.

“Mental health, particularly childhood mental health, is impacting all of us in some way and that is why it is important for our entire team at Big Lots to be part of this conversation,” said Bruce Thorn, CEO of Big Lots. “We are proud to support the great work taking place at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Their commitment to shining a national light on youth mental and behavioral health so every child in the country can benefit is commendable.”

Big Lots first made a transformational gift to childhood mental health in 2016 with a $50 million gift announcement to support the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion and Big Lots Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children’s. The Pavilion will open in March 2020 as the largest behavioral health treatment and research center dedicated to children and adolescents on a pediatric medical campus in the U.S. The hope is to develop a national model for pediatric mental health care and research.

“One in five children is living with a mental illness and that is a statistic that should resonate because pediatric mental illness touches everyone,” said Steve Testa, president of Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation. Corporate partners like Big Lots, who are invested in our community, are providing much-needed support for our patients, families and our staff of researchers and clinicians.”

If you or your child need immediate help due to having suicidal thoughts, go to your local emergency room immediately, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or you can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741-741.

Andy Regrut, Big Lots, Inc., 614-278-6622
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Media Relations, 614-355-0495
Matt Czarnecki, RacePenguin, 614-595-7286

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 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 1.5 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 Abigail Wexner 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