Today, March 6th, is “Black Balloon Day”. It was started by Lauren Hurley, who lost her brother-in-law to a drug overdose on March 6th, 2015.
Lauren and her mother hope one day March 6th will be recognized as Black Balloon Day across the world to raise awareness, bring people hope, and let them know they aren’t alone.
“To show them they aren’t the only people (that) lost a parent or (lost) their children. Every day this is happening,” she says. “Even if one person sees a balloon and thinks ‘I could be the person that someone could be hanging the balloon out for’…in my eyes we did something right.”
The goal is for anyone who has been affected by this disease to hang a black balloon outside their door, and use the hashtag #blackballoonday on social media.
My balloons are for both of my brothers and one of my friends. Most recently I lost my brother Adam. That still sucks really bad and sometimes feels like it was just yesterday. Maybe he can see my balloon… I miss you sweetheart.