PIQUA — In the first of what they hope will become a yearly event, Brookdale Piqua will host a balloon launch in honor of people and loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s as well as to raise money to help those locally affected by the disease.
“It’s our first time we ever tried it,” Liz Carroll, sales manager at Brookdale Piqua, said. They hope to turn it into an annual event if they receive a good turnout.
The Memory Balloon Launch will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Brookdale Piqua, 1744 W. High St. At the launch, people can make a donation to the Miami Valley Alzheimer’s Association to fly a balloon. They can also write a message or dedicate each balloon to a loved one.
Carroll said the idea came to them when they were considering various fundraising ideas and they thought about how neat it would be to see 200 or so purple balloons floating away in the sky.
“We thought it would be a fun, different thing to do,” Carroll said. “Imagine the impact of seeing 200 balloons in the air.”
Brookdale Piqua helps to educate people about resources available and also about Alzheimer’s disease itself, getting people talking once they see a crowd of purple balloons in the air.
“The Miami Valley Alzheimer’s Association is going to be here that day as well,” Carroll said.
The Miami Valley Alzheimer’s Association will give out information and assist those affected by this disease in one way or another with resources or support groups they might not have known were available. The association will also be accepting donations for each of the balloons.
“We’re pretty excited about it,” Carroll said.
Carroll explained that raising funds and awareness about Alzheimer’s is important because it is the sixth leading cause of death in Americans. She said that they are also seeing an increasing number of people affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia.
“They say that actually having a healthy body … can prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s.,” Carroll said. “It’s really about education and about awareness.”
Piqua Mayor Kazy Hinds is expected to issue a mayoral proclamation at this event. There will also be raffle basket and appetizers served at the event.
The event also helps to remind people about the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, coming up on Sept. 10, in Troy.
“We thought it could help raise awareness about the walk and get more people involved,” Carroll said, adding that any money raised at the balloon launch will stay in this area.
“Any money’s that raised for Miami County stays in Miami County,” she said. “You’re actually helping people in your own community.”
For more information, Brookdale Piqua can contacted at (937) 773-0500.
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