Butterfly decals in the memory of the late Canandaigua first-grader Cheyanne Brant are being sold to raise money for a cure of the rare brain cancer DIPG.
CANANDAIGUA — Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma took the life of Canandaigua first-grader Cheyanne Brant earlier this year.
And friends and family of the late 7-year-old are doing what they can to make sure no one else has to endure this rare and terminal brain cancer.
Brett Caito, whose daughter Makayla was friends with Cheyanne, had been working on a way to raise money for DIPG, as it’s also known. She and a friend, Sarah Plante, who is a graphic designer, came up with decals, which are being sold for $10.
The decal sports an image of a butterfly with Cheyanne’s name and the years she was alive, 2010-2017.
“The butterfly wing represents rebirth after death,” Caito said. “The gray ribbon is for brain cancer, and the blue was because it was Cheyanne's favorite color.”
Cheyanne's mother, Jodi Jacobs, who also is planning to be involved in raising awareness about the disease in the future, appreciates what went into the decal and the thoughts and feelings behind it.
"I think it's an amazing thing she's doing," Jacobs said.
Proceeds from the sale of the decals, which were donated by Ewing Graphics, will go to the Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation in Cheyanne's name in order to find a cure for a disease that is diagnosed in between 200 and 400 children a year.
This brain cancer affects children almost exclusively, according to the foundation. The aggressive tumor interferes with the child’s bodily functions, depriving her or him of the ability to move, to communicate and eat and drink.
Cheyanne was diagnosed with DIPG last December, and that was followed by 75 days in the hospital — where she spent her seventh birthday.
The community helped support the family through several fundraisers. Cheyanne died June 22.
“The family really wants to give back and help to find a cure,” Caito said.
Decals are $10 and can be purchased by calling Brett Caito at 585-944-6502. Proceeds benefit the Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation. For information, visit www.defeatdipg.org.