The Pink Butterfly Foundation
(PBF) was borne of the tragic loss of James and Ryan Painter’s 3-year-old daughter, Fallon Painter. The mission of PBF is to assist families with acute financial needs accompanying a heartbreaking and devastating sudden loss of a daughter, son, granddaughter or grandson. Families are already understandably overwhelmed by the enormity of the tragic loss of a child. That loss and sorrow are only compounded when families lack the financial means to pay for their child’s funeral, burial, and other associated costs. To ensure Fallon’s loving and caring spirit lives on, James Painter’s mission is to offer financial and emotional support, along with understanding and compassion, to bereaved parents and families struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of a child.
The name, Pink Butterfly Foundation, was derived from Fallon’s favorite color, Pink, which she always supported in endless debates with her Dad (whose favorite colors are Auburn University’s Orange and Blue). On the day of Fallon’s burial, hundreds of monarch butterflies hatched at the Painter’s home—an event unheard of in Florida. This was the first of several signs of Fallon being our guardian angel as her loving spirit lives on.
The death of a child presents overwhelming challenges to parents and families in the grieving process. Families who are in need of financial assistance to pay for their child’s funeral, burial expenses and other associated costs, however, suffer even more strain. In loving memory of Fallon, the purpose of the Pink Butterfly Foundation is to financially assist less fortunate families in need of financial and interpersonal support. PBF’s policy is to donate 100% of its donations (after minimal administrative expenses—usually less than 1% of donations, which is largely made possible by the Foundation’s board members donating their time to administer the Foundation’s work.
The Pink Butterfly Foundation’s mission is to assist families with the costs of funeral, burial, travel, and other expenses. The Foundation will also create partnerships with organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and other educational entities to help families through their time of extreme pain from the devastating loss of a child. The Foundation will be supported from donations and free time contributed by its Board of Directors to ensure just under 100% are used for Foundation purposes.