Ryleigh Meree Stegall was born on November 20, 1996. During the summer prior to her fourth birthday, the family received the news that Ryleigh had Acute Lymphocyctic Leukemia. She endured chemotherapy, radiation and bone marrow transplants.
She was able to begin kindergarten in 200, but by the following March a relapse occurred. For the next four years Ryleigh was home-schooled by her Nana (Dean Stegall). During their many walks and special field trips, Ryleigh developed a love of butterflies.
Ryleigh died on Septermber 14, 2007. From the day she was diagnosed, the overwhelming show of love, concern, and generosity surrounded the family. The continuous support during her battle inspired the creation of the Butterfly Foundation in October of 2007. The first event was held in Waynesboro on November 20, 2007.
The purpose of the Butterfly Foundation is to distribute financial assistance to families who have children with life-threatening or life-altering illnesses. As of January of 2019 more than $601,000.00 has been provided to more than 260 families in Wayne County and the surrounding areas.When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Where: Waynesboro City Park, Waynesboro, TN
Race Day Registration: 6:15am – 7:30am
5k Start – 8:00am
Fun Run – Approximately 9:00am
Awards immediately following the Fun Run
5k Awards: Overall Male and Female
Overall Male and Female Masters
Top 3 Male/Female in each age group
Fun Run Awards: Top 3 Male/Female in youth age groups
First 600 finishers receive a finishers medal
Registration Fees: $18 for pre-registration
$20 race day registration