'Get Well Gabby' Balloon Release Tonight
In honor of children who have fought or are fighting pediatric cancer, a celebration will be held at Reeves Park from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Get Well Gabby Foundation is proud to announce that on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, they will be hosting a Birthday Celebration and Childhood Cancer Awareness Event in honor of Gabriella Vogel who lost her life to brain cancer last September 11.
Founded in memory and in honor of Gabby, The Get Well Gabby Foundation is determined to raise money for childhood brain cancer research to help find a cure.
It started as a promise from a mother to a daughter; no matter what their future would hold, every year on her birthday, her family would light up the night sky for her, just as in one of the final scenes of her favorite movie, “Tangled.”
After Gabby lost her fight, last October 9, on what would have been her sixth birthday, her family hosted a celebration of her life at Reeves Park in Phoenixville, her favorite park in her beloved hometown and kept that promise by having a spectacular, LED lit balloon release with the help of hundreds of people in attendance.
It was also at this celebration thather family announced that they were founding The Get Well Gabby Foundation, to raise awareness and funding for childhood cancer research.
October 9, 2012 would have been Gabby’s seventh birthday, and the foundation formed in her memory is proud to help her family light the night sky in her honor. The first portion of the evening will provide fun, free activities for children, including: a DJ, an arts and craft table, a Piggy Paint® nail polish painting station, face painting, a balloon artist, water ice and baked goods, and a moon bounce.
The second portion of the evening will focus on raising awareness about childhood cancer and will feature a speech by Gabby’s Father and foundation Co-Founder, John Vogel, and a symbolic balloon release. White balloons will be released in memory of those children that have been lost to childhood cancer, with every child’s name, diagnosis, and age when they passed away read aloud as the balloons are released.
Gold balloons will be released for those children that are fighting or have fought and survived childhood cancer, and likewise their names and diagnosis will be announced as the balloons are released. Whenever possible, the balloons will be released by the families of the children being honored, by the child survivors themselves or by children currently undergoing treatment or their families. The evening will conclude with a large, LED lit balloon release, again, fulfilling the promise made to Gabby by her mother, and honoring not only Gabby, but every brave boy and girl who has ever fought this terrible disease.