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The Lauren Edgerton Foundation

Nottingham, MD

The Lauren Edgerton Foundation, Inc.

"Love keeps us connected"

Balloon Memorial 2017

Despite the challenges we dealt with in regards to Balloons this year......we were still able to hold the Memorial....thanks to the most excellent support/help/teamwork received from: Julia Biondo, Sissy Roberts, Ade Parkes, the awesome staff at the Party City in White Marsh - specifically Liz and Kevin, Larry Gillette and Keith Larsen...this event would not have been possible this year without you!

And and HUGE thank to all who attended!

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If you cannot attend but would still like to dedicate a Balloon to Lauren or to your lost loved one(s), I would be honored to write a message on your behalf....please PM me ok the message on Facebook and I will take care of it....also send your cell number or email so I can send you a picture of your Balloon message (this offer applies to friends who live out-of-state or out-of-country).

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After the Annual Balloon Memorial in 2015, we were approached by a group called "Balloons Blow" who raised their concerns about the launch and the effect of latex balloons on the environment; and asked us to find alternatives ways to conduct the Memorial.

As friends of our environment, we, at the Foundation assured this group we would do our due diligence, and below are the findings regarding latex balloons. Based on this information, and with the promise other safety precautions will be adhered to, the Balloon Memorial will take place per usual....looking forward to seeing all of you all there!

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY BALLOON RELEASE

"Latex balloons are 100% biodegradable. Latex is a natural product drawn from rubber trees and rubber tree plantations"

Helium is part of the Earth's atmosphere it exists in small quantities within the earth's atmosphere and is mined from underground pools where it accumulates as a by-product of the earth's production of natural gas. Helium is non-toxic, non-flammable, and has no harmful effects on the earth's environment; is a lighter-than-air gas that is used to inflate balloons. 

When a latex balloon is released, it rises to a height of approximately 28,000 feet, with the helium gas expanding as it rises. With temperatures dropping to minus 40 degrees at this altitude, the balloon freezes. As the helium continues to expand in the frozen balloon, the balloon undergoes "brittle fracturing" and ruptures into small slivers which scatter and fall to earth. A small percentage of balloons which are released will experience leaks from defects and will not rise high enough to freeze and burst. The distance they travel and their distribution will be determined by current prevailing winds.

Research indicates that if 10% of the balloons from a 500 balloon release were to fall into this category, the average distribution would be one balloon per 15 square mile area....we release 200 balloons and will use cotton string which is also environmentally friendly.

Additional information is available from The Balloon Council, a coalition of balloon manufacturers and distributors, at 1-800-233-8887.

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