Balloon Release for Cancer Awareness

Tenants participating in the cancer awareness campaign

Several residents gathered in the Community Room of NNI’s Martin Luther King Jr. Apartments with something in common, they have all been affected by cancer in one way or another. Residents of MLK Jr. Apartments organized a small balloon release to raise awareness and share their stories.

It was the first event of its kind at MLK Jr., but residents are confident it is just the beginning. They hope to continue to grow the event year after year.

May Jo Baxter, a resident of MLK Jr. Apartments, commented “I think an event like this is I wonderful thing. I was diagnosed with cancer in 1995 and thankfully was cured. Events like this help raise awareness, no matter the size.”

On a small piece of paper, residents wrote a few personal sentences on how they have been affected by cancer and tied them to a balloon. The notes had a phone number to call if someone happened to stumble upon them when they finally reach the ground, then residents could learn just how far their messages traveled. Once outside it was time to let the balloons go and as the balloons drifted away, becoming smaller and smaller, residents walked back inside to enjoy some food and refreshments.

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