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Cantata residents ride wheelchair-accessible hot air balloon

Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 3:56 p.m. CDT

BROOKFIELD – Ten residents at Cantata Adult Life Services had a chance to ride in Serena's Song, the first and only Federal Aviation Administration approved wheelchair-accessible hot air balloon. 

Cantata client Loretta C. took a ride overlooking Lisle's Eyes to the Skies Festival three days before her 99th birthday.

“I loved seeing the joy that Serena’s Song brought to our residents,” Cheryle Hurtado, Life Enrichment Coordinator at Cantata, said in a news release. “And seeing how happy Loretta was to be riding in a hot air balloon brought a big smile to my face.”

Serena's Song was designed by Gary Waldman and named after his daughter, Serena, who has cerebral palsy.  

The balloon has a side door that allows ramp entry and appears at events around the country to offer free tethered rides to children and adults with disabilities. 

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