MEDIA ADVISORY: In Support of the On Our Sleeves™ movement, Butterfly Run Presented by the Big Lots Foundation is Sept. 14

September 12, 2019
2019 Butterfly Run Logo

In its second year in Columbus, the Butterfly Run will support the national On Our Sleeves™ movement.

The Butterfly Run presented by the Big Lots Foundation is a 5K run/walk 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. Participants will help champion the platform’s goal of ending the stigma by raising awareness and advocacy about the one in five children living across America with a mental illness. 


  • Niki Shafer, senior vice president of Outreach, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • Bruce Thorn, CEO of Big Lots and Jeremy Ball, vice president, Corporate Philanthropy & Events, Big Lots Foundation
  • Julia Paxton, On Our Sleeves™ patient ambassador

Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 a.m. Participants can sign-up at The Butterfly Run will feature a 100-meter kid’s dash followed by the 5K run/walk. There will be pre-race festivities and music in Butterfly Village. The cost for the kid’s dash is $20 and $40 for the 5K.

Alum Creek Park North, 221 West Main Street, Westerville, Ohio.
Parking is available at the Senior Center/COTA lot on Main St., and surrounding public lots along Main St. or near uptown Westerville.

We are in a national crisis as one in five children live with a mental illness, and only half of those get the treatment they need. Furthermore, 50% of all lifetime mental illnesses begin by age 14 and suicide is the second-leading cause of death among persons aged 15-24 and third among persons aged 10-14. Fueled by the experts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, On Our Sleeves™ was launched nationally in May on childhood mental health day after debuting locally on world mental health day in October 2018. This movement symbolizes how we don’t know what a child might be going through because we can’t see it on the outside and it has continued to gain momentum thanks to business partners like Big Lots and the Big Lots Foundation.

About On Our Sleeves
Because kids don’t wear their thoughts on their sleeves, we don’t know what they might be going through. That’s why Nationwide Children’s Hospital launched On Our Sleeves™ to build a community of support for children living with mental illness through advocacy, education and fundraising for much-needed research. For more information about children’s mental health and to help break the silence and stigma around mental illness, visit

Media Contact:
Danielle Warner
Contact Number: 614-209-5994

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