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Welcome to Nancy’s Butterfly Fund
Nancy’s Butterfly Fund will inaugurate fund raising events in Cary, North Carolina and Edmonton, Alberta in June 2009, dedicated to help women and children to free themselves from the danger of domestic violence in the memory of one who could not.

On July 12, 2008 the life of Nancy Cooper came to a sudden and violent end. Her loved ones lost a sister, daughter and best friend. Nancy was a woman full of grace, a mother who loved her children without limits and a friend who took everyone under her wing. This senseless act of domestic violence has left us all with questions without answers. For the family and friends of domestic violence victims this is often the case; they didn’t recognize the danger signs, or there just weren’t any. Over the past months we have questioned how we can bring something positive from this devastation; our answer has become our desire to help other women and children leaving domestic violence situations. This is the chrysalis for “Nancy’s Butterfly Fund” that will strive to help women and children trapped in Domestic violence.

Nancy’s murder was characterized by Pat Bazemore, Chief of Police for the Town of Cary, as “…a case of domestic violence of the very worst kind..”During the months that followed, as we strove to cope with the aftermath of this horrific tragedy, we learned much about domestic violence. According to the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, Greater than 170 homicides were identified as domestic violence related in Alberta from 2000 - 2006. This represented 1/3 of all homicides in the province.

The inaugural event to raise money for Nancy’s Butterfly Fund in Cary will be held on June 13, 2009 at Life Time Fitness in Cary, North Carolina. Cooper, an avid runner, was a member of the club. The fundraiser will include a silent auction, live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

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The first annual Butterfly Run in North Carolina will be a family fun run/walk on Saturday July 11, 2009 at 8:30 AM. The run will originate and end at Koka Booth Amphitheater with a balloon release over the lake for the finale.

Consider that somebody you care about could be wrestling with the decision to leave a dysfunctional domestic situation today. Then consider that, in Alberta, according to the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, in 2008 over 12,000 women and children were resident in Alberta’s shelters and 14,000 women and children sought shelter but were unable to be accommodated. The memory of our Nancy’s entrapment makes us want to help.

Friends of Cary murder victim Nancy Cooper have created Nancy’s Butterfly Fund in Cary, North Carolina, a fund that will provide financial assistance to women and their children leaving abusive relationships. Nancy’s Butterfly Fund will be managed by Interact, a renowned local nonprofit agency that provides safety, support and awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Organizers say their goal is to minimize the financial obstacles that may prevent women from leaving violent unsafe homes. The fund will provide financial assistance for individuals and families participating in Interact’s programs and services. Specifically, the fund may help with apartment and utility deposits, childcare, education, food, transportation and other basic financial needs and services.”

In the time it has taken you to read this letter, according to the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, or in the three minutes it takes to brew a cup of tea, three women in Canada will be assaulted by an intimate partner. The emotional and financial resources necessary for a mother and children to escape to safety can be overwhelming. Nancy’s Butterfly Fund, the Canadian contingent, has agreed to work through the Edmonton Community Foundation to help support the efforts of Edmonton and area services for victims of domestic violence.

The first fundraiser in Edmonton, Alberta will be a dinner, dance and silent auction at the Royal Glenora Club on June 20, 2009. On July 12 we will hold our second fund raiser, a 5 km walk/run at Gold Bar Park. Net proceeds from these events will be donated to Nancy’s Butterfly Fund. To register for the race, please visit:

Click Here to download the Registration form for the US run in North Carolina

Please support the North Carolina Coalition Aginst Domestic Violence's efforts to make North Carolina a safer place to live. Together, we can make a difference.

To make a donation in Canada to Nancy’s Butterfly Fund please go to then select Edmonton Community Foundation, then choose Nancy’s Butterfly Fund from the drop down list.

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