Rising Above Cancer event kicks off with hot air balloons in Anderson


ANDERSON, S.C. (WSPA) –  Hot air balloons will be back in Anderson this weekend to help people “rise above cancer.”

The Cancer Association of Anderson will be hosting its second annual Hot Air Affair: Rising Above Cancer event on May 3 and 4 at the Rocky River Plantation. 

The event will benefit families in Anderson County who are fighting cancer. 

It will feature more than 24 hot air balloons as well as a butterfly release, a parachute team, food vendors, concerts and more.  

The hope is that the fire inside of the balloons will burn away the thoughts of cancer for the riders even it it is just for a moment. 

“I’m a survivor myself, and I know you have to focus past what you’ve been going through to get through it and look ahead. And it’s a perfect symbolism of what you have to do to get over it is to rise above it,” said Angela Stringer, director of the Cancer Association of Anderson.

Anderson County firefighter Kim Strickland is just one of the dozens of people impacted by cancer who will be going up in a hot air balloon during the event. 

“I was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer in October 2016. Twenty-one days later, I had a double mastectomy. From there, I’ve had 38 rounds of radiation and reconstruction surgery,” said Strickland, cancer survivor. 

The Cancer Association of Anderson said they had over 1,800 patients in 2016. Last year, there were nearly 5,000 patients. 

The event is free to the public, but the organization is asking for a donation of $5 for parking so the nonprofit can continue helping cancer patients and their families.

For a full list of events and more information, click here.

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