The following are links to recent articles and news events covering the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children and the many children and families we are privileged to meet. We also have the Butterfly Blog to share more about BTFC stories, people and events.

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Thanks to CBS Atlanta, 11Alive News, and Fox 5 Atlanta for airing pieces on the J. Smith Lanier & Co. Charity Classic held on May 6, 2014. This year celebrated the 10th year of J. Smith Lanier & Co.'s partnership with the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children. Click on the news channels above to watch the inspirational stories on the thirteen brain tumor survivors who played in this year's tournament. Posted on 5/20/14




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Special thanks to Kelly McCormick and her mom, Nancy Flanagan for getting up early to do an interview on CBS's Better Mornings Atlanta to promote the 1st Annual Tumor Trooper Run/Walk on Saturday, September 8th! Click here to view the videoPosted on 8/31/12 






11Alive flew over Cagle's Family Farm this week to see their annual corn maze design, which features the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children's logo this year. While at the farm, enjoy a farm tour, hayrides, gem mining, a 3-mile corn maze of twists and turns, and much more. The fun begins August 31-November 11 and a portion of sales during Labor Day weekend benefit the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children. Posted on 8/29/12






We could not do all that we do without our amazing volunteers. Check out this article in the Neighbor Newspapers about Jean Hall and Janet Collins who help spread cheer to many, many BTFC families! Posted on 8/29/12






The Cherokee Tribune featured a story on how Cagle's Family Farm has teamed up with the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children for their fall fun at the farm. Cagle's Family Farm originally came to be involved with the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children through their support of young Ana Hardt (watch the video that aired on 11Alive) back in February 2012. This time they decided to support the organization by donating a portion of ticket proceeds from Labor Day Weekend to the foundation as well as feature the foundation's logo in this year's fall corn maze design. Posted on 8/28/12




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Thanks to Better Mornings Atlanta for having Bob & Mary Gardner on to talk about Jack's Butterfly Bonanza being held August 24th and 25th at Barnsley Gardens. Click here to watch the video. Posted on 8/16/12 







Read this great article in the Marietta Daily Journal about the upcoming inaugural Jack's Butterfly Bonanza being held August 24th and 25th. To learn more about Jack's Butterfly Bonanza, visit Posted on 8/16/12







Watch this video of actress/singer Keke Palmer inviting you to join the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children at our inaugural Tumor Trooper Run/Walk (formerly William's Walk & Run since 1999) on September 8th in Alpharetta, GA. Posted on 8/16/12 






Bob and Robin Dixon sat down with Atlanta & Company to talk about the upcoming 1st Annual Collins Dixon Bend Your Knees 5K & 1 mile Fun Run in memory of Collins Dixon on July 14th.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children.  For more information about the event, visit Posted on 7/6/12






11Alive recently aired a video featuring Bob and Ron Dixon who ran the AJC Peachtree Road Race on July 4th in memory of their son and brother Collins Dixon. Posted on 7/6/12






Recent Cherokee High School graduate, Josh Thomas, donated over $3,000 to BTFC in memory of Collins Dixon. Read about how young Collins inspired him in a recent article in the Cherokee Ledger-News. Posted on 6/5/12






heartwarming video, which recently aired on 11Alive, shows you how young Ana Hardt's front yard was transformed into her own personal petting zoo, complete with a baby calf, goats, llamas, roosters, and puppies. Special thanks to Cagle's Family Farm & Barnyard Friends of Canton, GA and Clayton Brannon Photography for all their help in making Ana's day so special. Posted on 2/28/12






Watch this inspirational video of young Tori meeting her idol, Fransesca Battistelli, live on CNN. The staff of BTFC coordinated this effort and is happy to share the experience. Prepare to be inspired! Posted on 1/11/12






Watch this video, which recently aired on 11Alive, featuring Tumor Trooper Collins Dixon on how he found strength and inspiration from friend and hero Mark Williams. Posted on 11/8/11






Catherine Rowan recently celebrated her 6th birthday by hosting a blood drive at her community pool. With support from neighbors, friends and family, Catherine's birthday event gathered 35 pints of blood for the American Red Cross. Read more about Catherine's birthday celebration in a recent Marietta Daily Journal article. Posted 9/12/11








BTFC Dad Curtis Benjamin talks about the loss of his daughter in Ebony MagazinePosted on 9/12/11


Check out Tina Buck, one of our wonderful moms, along with a representative from the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation (and brain tumor survivor) as they talk about the 12th Annual Race for Research on Atlanta & Co.!
Posted 6.23.11



15-year-old Kylie Harris plays field hockey for the Special Olympics, she loves to bake cookies, and she is a two time brain tumor survivor. Her hometown paper, The Covington News, recently published Kylie's story of how she has beaten the odds and her strong determination to live life to the fullest. Posted on 6.17.11



Watch a recent video posted on highlighting the Fifth Annual A Taste of Hope event hosted by Treza and Eddie Johnson on May 15th at the Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta, GA.  Attendees of the event enjoyed sampling food from many local restaurants, a silent auction, live jazz music, and a fashion show featuring BTFC kids. Posted on 6.1.11



5-year-old Calla Kennedy along with eight other brain tumor survivors and families met Governor Nathan Deal on May 2nd at the State Capital, where he signed a Proclamation officially observing May as National Brain Tumor Awareness Month. See pictures from the day, and read a recent article about the occasion written by Calla's hometown paper. Posted on 5.18.11



Meet Matthew Hernandez, the newest member of Christina's Kidz. 15-year-old Matthew is a brain tumor survivor who is passionate about helping other children just like him. Learn more about this amazing young man and read the article found on Posted on 4.12.11.



Don't miss this beautifully inspiring cover story about BTFC's own Brian Parks in the November issue of "County Line \ The Community Magazine for Johns Creek and South Forsyth"

SUPERMAN’S SMILE: Brian Parks’ Journey and those who are on it with Him

by Judy Le Jeune
photography by Mark Najjar
Reprinted with the permission of Sugarcane Communications, LLC


Photo from

   "The Games of Their Lives," a story of enormous strength and tenacity on the part of two individuals to achieve their final dreams, appeared in the December 14, 2009 issue of Sports Illustrated Magazine. One of those individuals was Marin Morrison, a beautiful young lady we at BTFC had the privilege to meet back in 2005. It's a wonderfully inspiring article about two amazing people, and, having recently been made aware of it, we were compelled to share it here.  Posted 10.14.10.


We are very sad to report the passing of Trisha Rushing Duguay, the 27-year-old bride who was diagnosed with a brain tumor on her wedding day and whose story drew a great deal of response and concern in Atlanta and beyond. Read the article appearing online in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution on 9.24.10.  Our heart goes out to Trisha's husband Jim and her family. And we greatly appreciate all donations to BTFC that have been made in Trisha's name. Posted 9.24.10.


  Congrats to Lauren O'Prey on her many acheivements despite five brain tumors and other hurdles.  Learn more about this amazing young woman in this great article found on of the Athens Herald Banner.  Posted 9/22/10.

  It's a bit after the fact, but BTFC's Sherry Samuels and 4-year-old little Calla Kennedy and her mom Shanda were featured on Atlanta & Company on 11Alive on September 14th in preparation for William's Walk & Run on September 11th. View the fun video clipPosted 9/17/10.

  Read the article, "A Walk for Hope," that appeared in the Northside Neighbor Newspaper on 9/8/10 about Cole Grisham and his mom Lorie and their plans to participate in William's Walk & Run.  Posted 9/13/10.

  Henry Cermak was an outstanding young boy who lost his battle to a brain tumor in September of 2008 at the age of 12.  Read about what his parents are doing in Henry's memory to make a difference for other kids.  Posted 9/9/10.

  Faith Cline was an extraordinary young woman who valiantly battled a brainstem tumor until her passing on Tuesday, August 24,2010.  Read the inspiring and touching story of her wish to graduate high school that came true and watch the video clip about her amazing and courageous journey as well as a feature article in the Marietta Daily News the day after her death.  Faith will be greatly missed.  Posted 9/9/10.

Faith, right, with Evan's Team teammates at the J. Smith Lanier & Co. Charity Classic to Benefit BTFC on May 4, 2010.


  Meet Courtney Hicks, one of BTFC's own "Charity Classic Kids" in this great article about her in the Marietta Daily Journal, entitled Courtney's comeback.

  Read this inspiring story about brain tumor survivor Paul Amend... by Michael Carver of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Two brain surgeries can't stop Kell High star"


Read about Taylor's personal visit with Santa



  BTFC's Patrick Wells of Brunswick, GA enjoys the GA/FL game 11/01/08. Read the full story