Austin’s balloon adventure: Childhood cancer survivor visits Macy’s Parade Studio
Join 11-year-old cancer survivor Austin Freeman on his visit to the Macy’s Parade Studio to find out how the Thanksgiving Day balloons are made.
Who invented the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day balloon parade? How are the balloons powered? How fast do they go? What’s the best balloon Macy’s has ever made? Childhood cancer survivor Austin Freeman, from McDonough, Georgia; brings us the answers from his visit to the Macy’s Parade Studio.
“When everybody sees the giant balloons…” John Piper, vice president of Macy’s Parade Studio, said, “…and their eyes pop open, and their jaws drop wide, it doesn’t matter how old you are. You’re a kid that morning. That’s what makes the parade great.”
Austin’s visit to the studio was arranged by Aflac. He had been treated at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and became cancer free in 2014. Overall, Aflac has contributed $93 million to the fight against childhood cancer.
Anyone can contribute to the fight with the purchase of an Aflac Holiday Duck where 100% of the net proceeds from sales go to participating children’s hospitals. To get yours, visit aflacduckprints.com.