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Buy a butterfly for release at Fly-Away Festival in Amesbury to help children with cancer

Lucy is shown at home between treatments.
Lucy is shown at home between treatments.
Lucy's Love Bus photo

Look to the skies this Sunday. The Lucy’s Love Bus Fly-Away Festival will release more than a thousand Monarch butterflies from noon to 3 p.m. on Sept. 12 at The Woodsom Farm in Amesbury, Mass., as part of a fund raising effort that will provide direct support and comfort to children with cancer.

To purchase a butterfly for release at the event, please visit www.LucysLoveBus.org.

Actors and musicians from around the country are coming to Amesbury to help this charity, started by children for children battling cancer. The #1 R & B Group on YouTube, AHMIR, country singer Nathan Osmond, local musicians from The Brew and the band Errata will perform. Actor Danny McDermott, who co-hosted The View, has also been added to the festival's line up of entertainment.

The Fly-Away Festival is a special project of Lucy’s Teen Leaders — a group of 22 local youth who have joined together to help turn their friend Lucy’s dream into a reality.

According to www.LucysLoveBus.org, Lucy Grogan was 8 years old when she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. After 11 months of treatment and six rounds of chemotherapy, Lucy enjoyed 18 months of remission. In January of 2005, Lucy's cancer returned and Lucy received a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor. On July 21, 2006, at age 12, Lucy died of complications from her bone marrow transplant.

Two weeks before her death, Lucy told her mother that she wanted to start a program that would provide free complementary therapies to children undergoing cancer treatment.

Shortly before Lucy died she wrote a letter to her oncologist, “When you look at the sick children follow them to the place they can speak to you in. Notice their bodies are two things, love and illness, and help them remember the love and not the sickness. The Healing is knowing who you were, not what you might be. ”

Sunday's Fly-Away Festival is designed for families and children, with activities ranging from crafts, face painting, pony rides, a butterfly garden workshop, sports activities, and of course, the release of Monarch butterflies to honor those impacted by cancer.

The goal is to sell 5,000 Monarchs for $15 each, which will raise more than $40,000 to help deliver comfort to children with cancer.

To purchase your butterflies, click here.

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