Glitter, Gold & Butterflies

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I am sitting in my office today completely overcome with gratitude. Each minute more donations are pouring in for our 1st Annual Butterfly Ball. People who never met my precious girl are spending money on tickets to attend the Ball in honor of what would have been her 6th birthday on February 19th. And many more are voting for Prom King & Queen Candidates with proceeds going to this foundation bearing my baby girl’s name.

I am humbled. And so proud of my daughter and all that has been accomplished in her name.

I wish with all that I am that Olivia could be here to see this. She would love each aspect of the Butterfly Ball because it was all inspired by my little girl.

Olivia was as girly as they come. She loved wearing dresses and big bows. She liked pink and purple and loved baby dolls.

She loved butterflies. Her room had big butterfly decorations near her bed and a wall decal featuring a big pink and green tree with butterflies that took up an entire wall. And her favorite binky as a baby was a pacifier with a blue butterfly on it.

When I would dress Olivia up she always wanted to stop by the full length mirror in her room so she could pose and take in her own beauty.

My beautiful girl was all gold, glitter and amazing beauty inside and out.

I miss her terribly.

The 1st Annual Butterfly Ball in Casper is something I’ve wanted to do for years. It honors all that my little girl was. She radiated beauty, grace and all things girly. Even at 20 months old she could turn heads in any room with a simple smile. You could just tell there was something really special about her.

Olivia Margaret Caldwell is changing the world. It has been 4 years and 3 months since she passed away from brain cancer. And in that time this small foundation from Casper, WY has been able to give $225,000 to pediatric cancer research in her memory. That is nothing short of miraculous, especially considering she only graced this earth for 20 months.

Olivia, mommy loves you forever and always. I am so proud to be your mom.

The Olivia Caldwell Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit that raises money for pediatric cancer research in memory of Olivia Caldwell, who passed away in October 2013 after a 16-month battle with brain cancer. You can learn more and donate by visiting www.oliviacaldwellfoundation.org.

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