Balloons in memory of child soar hundreds of miles

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GEAUGA COUNTY, Ohio — An Ohio hunter made an interesting discovery while in the woods Wednesday night.

Michell Durosko said her husband was walking when he found some balloons. Inside each one was a note. After doing a little research, she learned they came from an elementary school in Russiaville, Indiana, reported WJW-TV.

“Considering the weather that we’ve had, and the fact the balloons even make it here, and then to read them was just amazing,” she said.

The students there had released them into the sky recently to pay tribute to their classmate, Mason Hopkins. The seven-year-old lost his battle to brain cancer back in October.

“He was a cute little guy. He had a great personality and loved school. It wasn’t until he came back for first grade that the cancer came back and it really began to take its toll,” said Mason’s former principal, Steve Arthur.

He said he never thought the balloons would travel so far. He said they’ve heard from people in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and even Haberhill, Massachusetts.

“The neat thing about that one, was it landed in a school yard and one of their custodians had just lost his son to brain cancer as well. So it was a big encouragement to that father and that school. And we’ve kind of connected with them and it’s been a neat experience,” he said.

As for Durosko, she said she’s just happy she could share this inspiring story.

“Now he gets to touch all of Northeastern Ohio instead of just our family,” she said.

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