Photo courtesy of Sarah Brown.
Wrapsody employees and guests release balloons in honor of breast cancer patients at the 2014 Hope Floats. Balloon sales benefit cancer research and patient support at UAB.
From Hoover and Auburn, thousands of pink and white balloons will be released on Oct. 19 to honor survivors and victims of breast cancer.
Wrapsody, a retail store with locations in Patton Creek Shopping Center and Auburn, will be hosting its annual fundraising event, Hope Floats, to support the work of UAB’s cancer research and Angel Squad. The Squad is a group of volunteers providing support for UAB’s cancer patients.
Sarah Brown, the owner of Wrapsody, said they like to give the money raised from Hope Floats to local charities, so the Auburn store will pick a different organization to benefit. From Oct. 1 to 19, Wrapsody will sell $5 balloons, each with a tag to write the name of a breast cancer survivor or victim. These tags will hang in the store window through the month.
Pink balloons will be given in honor of those who have survived or are undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and white balloons will be for those who have passed away. Brown said people are also welcome to buy balloons simply to support breast cancer research, even if they don’t do it in honor of a specific person.
Donations can be made online or at the store, and Brown said Wrapsody will sell T-shirts, drink cozies and bracelets for the cause, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to charity.
On Oct. 19, Wrapsody employees and those who have bought balloons will gather in front of the store for a celebration. Last year, members of the Angel Squad also attended. For $20, Brown said participants can get lunch from Chicken Salad, a balloon and be entered into giveaways of a tailgating package and a $1,000 gift card to Wrapsody.
At the end of the events, the Hoover and Auburn stores will simultaneously release their pink and white balloons. To learn more, call Brown at 989-7277 or visit wrapsodyonline.com.