Butterfly Pavilion had the privilege of opening its doors early Thursday morning for Braedi, a fantastic four year old battling cancer. Through a collaborative effort by Butterfly Pavilion and Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse as part of the “Lacrosse Out Cancer” campaign, Braedi and her family made meaningful memories surrounded by thousands of unique and vibrant creatures.
At 7:30 am Braedi, her 6-year-old sister Caden, and the rest of the family arrived for their exclusive journey. They were joined by Colorado Mammoth representatives including players Jordan Gilles and Josh Sullivan, as well as a local media outlet. Their tour was led by Butterfly Pavilion’s moth and butterfly expert Sarah Garrett and Vice President of Marketing and Communications MK Wohlenhaus.
The first question asked of Braedi and Caden was, “what would you like to be today? An explorer, ladybug, or a butterfly?” It was unanimous. “Butterflies!” Braedi, given bright orange butterfly wings, was now a monarch, and Caden, sporting vibrant blue wings, became a blue morpho.
The tour took the family through Butterfly Pavilion’s many engaging exhibits including the Crawl-A-See-Em, Water’s Edge, Wings of the Tropics, and Invertebrate World. It included a meet-and-greet with the zoo’s famous Tarantula, Rosie, as well as a magical butterfly release. The family was also presented with a free Butterfly Pavilion membership to provide for future fun and memory-making.
The footage of Braedi’s experience at Butterfly Pavilion will be shown at the Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse Out Cancer Night game on March 25th, presented by the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Butterfly Pavilion staff will be in attendance to show support for this impactful initiative.
A heartfelt thanks to Braedi and her family for spending their morning with us at Butterfly Pavilion, as well as Colorado Mammoth and Butterfly Pavilion staff for making this incredible experience possible.