Katybug Shuffle

Katybug ShuffleThe Katybugs & Butterflies Foundation, Inc. will be hosting the Katybug Shuffle Walk for Warriors on Saturday, July 29 at Fairview Park in Sherman.  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the walk will begin at 8:30 a.m.  You can register online at Active.

The Katybug Shuffle Walk for Warriors is benefitting five families in Grayson County who are currently facing the battle of childhood cancer.  The Warriors are Kaylen of Pottsboro, Hannah and Zach, both of Denison, Katelyn of Van Alstyne, and Everleigh of Whitesboro.

The Katybugs & Butterflies Foundation was created to honor Katy Whaley of Pottsboro and in memory of Amanda Mauppin of Ivanhoe. The two families met at a family camp hosted by Children’s Hospital in Dallas and became friends.

The families quickly realized that in our area, there are no support groups to offer emotional or financial support for the families of pediatric cancer patients. The Whaley and Mauppin families wanted to change that.

After Katy completed treatment, her family decided to start a foundation to offer the much-needed support in Grayson and Fannin counties. The foundation’s name came about because Katybug is Katy’s nickname. The Butterflies, however, has a much more special meaning. After Amanda lost her battle to Rhabdomyosarcoma in 2012, Bonnie, her mother, gave Katy one of Amanda’s necklaces, a butterfly. And the foundation was named.

The foundation’s goal is to offer emotional and financial support to families from Grayson County or Fannin County facing the devastating diagnosis of pediatric cancer. The financial help is not income based, as this is a hurdle many families encounter.  If you or someone you know is facing a childhood cancer diagnosis, you may reach Katybugs & Butterflies Foundation, Inc. at [email protected] or on Facebook (Katybugs & Butterflies Foundation, Inc.).

Make a donation or Register on Active.com