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An end-of-year gift to Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital today will support pediatric cancer research and specialized support to kids and families struggling with the disease.  Paige’s Butterfly Run is held every June and the organization presented $210,000. 

Paige was diagnosed with cancer while completing the end of first grade in 1993 and lost her fight one year later.  Her father Chris Arnold wants to make patients and families going through the same tragedy  as comfortable as possible.

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Members of the Syracuse Police Department responded to a different kind of call over the past two months.  They were up to the challenge…in exchange for wearing pink badges, growing beards, and painting their fingernails. 

Sergeant Colin Hillman says there was a certain feeling of freedom when male officers didn’t have to shave and female officers could paint their nails blue.  Normally, both are prohibited.

"Telling the patrol cops they get to grow a beard for a month was great.  As far as bolstering morale, it was very popular."

Upstate Medical University Cancer Center researchers are optimistic that the recent “Cancer Moonshot” initiative by the White House will bring positive advancements towards treating the disease. Professor Leszek Kotula says this new push will help expand research efforts.

Scott Willis / WAER News

The efforts of more than 2,500 runners were recognized today after they raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars in memory of a first grader from Baldwinsville who died of leukemia 20 years ago.    The parents of Paige Yeomans Arnold presented a check to Upstate’s Golisano Children’s Hospital for the $224,000 dollars raised from Paige’s Butterfly Run and other events this year.  Upstate CEO Dr. John McCabe says the money will go towards pediatric cancer research and other support programs.