Balloons lift downtown house

When Sunrise Rotary Club President Michael Bethke read about Colby Curtin, a 10-year-old girl from Huntington Beach whose last wish before succumbing to vascular cancer in mid-June was to see the Disney-Pixar movie "Up," he was moved to re-evaluate his priorities. Full Story
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second and third thoughts

Antioch, CA

#1 Aug 30, 2009
The thought behind rasing money for ill children is a good one. But please tell us--- what do you plan to do with 17,000 latex balloons after the event? Release them into the sky?
Tell me you don't plan to pollute!

Please tell us you have thought this part though.
in SC County

Berkeley, CA

#2 Aug 30, 2009
second and third thoughts wrote:
The thought behind rasing money for ill children is a good one. But please tell us--- what do you plan to do with 17,000 latex balloons after the event? Release them into the sky?
Tell me you don't plan to pollute!
Please tell us you have thought this part though.
Can't you people give anybody a break!!! Everytime you idiots open your mouths, mmakes me want to go out and do something like pollute the earth. Lighten up
forth thought

Watsonville, CA

#3 Aug 30, 2009
second and third thoughts wrote:
The thought behind rasing money for ill children is a good one. But please tell us--- what do you plan to do with 17,000 latex balloons after the event? Release them into the sky?
Tell me you don't plan to pollute!
Please tell us you have thought this part though.
Give me your address I'll swing by and flush them down your toilet.
bigRed

Alameda, CA

#4 Aug 30, 2009
second and third thoughts does have a good point. what of the ballons? do they just get released so it is someone else's problem? and by the way... where do ballons go that are released into the sky?
non-polluting

San Rafael, CA

#5 Aug 30, 2009
According to their press release, the event "is also environmentally friendly.
A net will ensure that none of the 17,000 balloons will be set free."
http://www.balloonsforhope.com/RaisingHopeByR...

It's a fantastic idea! My son survived a cancerous brain tumor when four years old. Back 10 years ago, there was NO Children's Hospice. We're buying a balloon, we're going to go watch, and we're planning to cheer until we're hoarse. See you there!
Santa Cruzan

Santa Cruz, CA

#6 Aug 30, 2009
Have some good thoughts for a change! I can't wait to see it.
kevin

Santa Cruz, CA

#7 Aug 30, 2009
Is 17,000 balloons going to be anywhere near enough?
See the article http://www.slate.com/id/2219775/ for estimates on how many baloons would be needed.
ssssseriously

Pittsburg, CA

#8 Aug 30, 2009
kevin wrote:
Is 17,000 balloons going to be anywhere near enough?
See the article http://www.slate.com/id/2219775/ for estimates on how many baloons would be needed.
you obviously skimmed over the part about why they chose to use 17,000 balloons. Here's a pat on the back for doing the (arguably useless and uncalled for) research though.
rio

Santa Cruz, CA

#9 Aug 30, 2009
Michael's enthusiasm is contagious and i, for one, don't need an inoculation to stop it. we do what we believe.(i said that!) ciao!
Realistic

Berkeley, CA

#10 Aug 30, 2009
To all who are more concerned with the balloons
then the good this will do, to clear your conscience go pick up litter off the roads.
Or maybe purchase some credits from Al Gore, this moron will sell you all you want. You people need to get your priorities straight. Making a childs life a little better is far more important then a little latex from balloons on the ground.
Tia

San Francisco, CA

#12 Aug 30, 2009
Saw this on KSBW a month or so ago and was at first skeptical, but the guy has a great heart and this is a creative outlet for a good cause. Glad to see this is getting more press. Good luck to him.
Smith

San Francisco, CA

#13 Aug 31, 2009
Up, was the best movie I've seen in a long time. It was depressing and also loving and had a message. Everyone I know loved it and felt so "up lifted" after seeing it. I'm buying a balloon today. Good luck to him.
The Lovely Sophie

Santa Cruz, CA

#14 Aug 31, 2009
Wonderful idea! I'll be buying a balloon and I'll be there. Cheers!
wow

Santa Cruz, CA

#15 Aug 31, 2009
forth thought wrote:
<quoted text>Give me your address I'll swing by and flush them down your toilet.
HA!!
Turtle Cop

San Jose, CA

#16 Aug 31, 2009
Best of luck, hope your event is successful,
BUT PLEASE dont let ballons fly away free. The turtles eat em and die
SC TAXPAYER

Salinas, CA

#17 Aug 31, 2009
You will never meet a more generous soul than Mike Bethke. He has done more good for the community than most of you will ever imagine. If Mike is doing something than it must be a pretty damn good thing.
Translation

Novato, CA

#18 Aug 31, 2009
second and third thoughts wrote:
The thought behind rasing money for ill children is a good one. But please tell us--- what do you plan to do with 17,000 latex balloons after the event? Release them into the sky?
Tell me you don't plan to pollute!
Please tell us you have thought this part though.
OK Let's translate the above statement. True meaning:

"I sit around on my fat self all day long. I do nothing to bring good to the world, only criticize those who do. I act as if I have all the answers and need to personally bless anything accomplished by anyone, although I have done nothing myself. I also act as if I am somehow morally superior and more altruistic but truth be told I am an out of touch uber-hypocrite. I also masquerade as a taxpayer, although I am really more of a tax recipient. I feel comfortable in places like San Francisco and Santa Cruz because there are so many more like me"

So.....2nd and 3rd Thoughts, Until you host an event that does half as much good Shut the (other thing latex is good for) UP.
LSCC Class of 08

Oakland, CA

#19 Aug 31, 2009
I'm a huge fan of Mike Bethke and will also be supporting this event. Way to go Mike!
Leadership Santa Cruz County Class of 08, Fairgrounds Green Team Member
Sykes

Burnaby, Canada

#20 Aug 31, 2009
second and third thoughts wrote:
The thought behind rasing money for ill children is a good one. But please tell us--- what do you plan to do with 17,000 latex balloons after the event? Release them into the sky?
Tell me you don't plan to pollute!
Please tell us you have thought this part though.
Well said. I never thought of that but this is indeed something that needs to be planned.
Pagan Hater

Santa Cruz, CA

#21 Sep 1, 2009
Amen to translation! The obsudities of liberal Green freaks makes me ill. I'll trade a few turles burping ballons if it makes a dying child happy. Maybe I can feed some ballons to you moron's! Score: Dying Child 17,000, Turles 0

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