Butterfly Award Winner: The Dykes Family


Each year, Children’s Cancer Research Fund presents Butterfly Awards to individuals, teams and organizations who have contributed significant time, service and resources to ending childhood cancer.

This year, our ambassador family Butterfly Award goes to the Dykes family for their incredible commitment to our cause.

Diagnosed with a brain tumor at just six weeks old, Mindy and David Dykes’ son Connor survived an emergency surgery to remove the tumor, chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Today, though he lives with developmental disabilities, partial blindness and seizures as a result of his cancer treatment,Connor’s love of golf and Minecraft shine through. He even rode 135 miles and helped his team raise over $15,480 for CCRF during the past two years through the Great Cycle Challenge.

David and Mindy continue to share their story to raise awareness and inspire advocacy for childhood cancer research. In addition, David brings our mascot, C.C. Bear, to life at special events, and Joselyn, Connor’s big sister, volunteers her time with the organization as well. Mindy also works at CCRF as a community outreach coordinator, supporting cancer families and helping them share their stories.

We are so grateful for them all.