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Butterfly Story Returns With Inspiring New Images At Exhibit


Event organizers Michelle Blackburn (founder), Izabela Pioro (photographer), and Chantal Hughes (artist).

October 20, 2018

Inspired by a breast cancer survivor’s own journey, the Butterfly Story has transformed breast cancer survivors into living works of art that represent symbols of strength, hope, and poignant aspects of their journeys. This exciting and innovative project began right here in Thunder Bay. An immeasurable number of hours have been spent on meeting with survivors, creating art work, completing the photo shoots, and bringing the final images to life.


A transformation in progress.

On November 8, a new round of images will be brought together and exhibited through the Butterfly Story Gala at the Chanterelle. “We held our first gala in 2015 and it was such an incredible success,” explained one of the organizers, Michelle Blackburn. “We’ve since completed many more transformations and were receiving inquiries about when they would be exhibited. We thought now would be the perfect time to showcase these new incredible and inspiring images, and raise funds for the Northern Cancer Fund for breast cancer.”

At this evening you will hear from the people behind the project, and get to see and meet many of the models, and view these incredible images. The Brand New 2nd Edition of the Butterfly Story book and all new calendar will be available the night of the gala as well. Your $75 ticket includes a welcome cocktail and an assortment of canapés.

Proceeds from the gala will be donated to the Northern Cancer Fund for breast cancer. To purchase your tickets please visit

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