I’m sorry to say we missed this very important story over the week, but better late than never! The Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition has been collecting donations to purchase 17,000 balloons that will seemingly lift a house from its foundation just like in Up.
Balloons for Hope was inspired by the little girl who died with her wish of seeing Up finally granted. If you would like, you can still purchase a balloon, proceeds will go towards children in need of a last dying wish-come-true due to life-threatening, terminal conditions. Each balloon, on sale for $20, will represent the person of your choice and together will help about 17,000 children. Watch the video on the charity’s page for a detailed story about this endeavor or take a look at the press release.
If you are in the Santa Cruz, CA area you may want to stop by today (Sept. 5th) at 4 PM Pacific to witness the spectacle. The address of Mike Bethke’s (organizer’s) Victorian house (to be lifted by hydraulics, seemingly by balloons) is 229 Union St. Santa Cruz, CA.
Update: Here’s a video of the Balloons For Hope event taken by our friend David B. It was pretty crowded so you can’t really see the house lift but you sure can admire the spirit and magnitude of this endeavor — featuring 17,000 balloons.