Iowa Man Uses ‘Extreme’ Hot Air Balloon to Raise Money for Paint the Town Pink

January 03, 2017 10:55 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- An Iowa man is contributing to Austin’s Paint the Town Pink festivities by raising money with an unusual hobby.

Tim Cloyd rides hot air balloons around 17,000 feet in the air, around speeds of 80 miles per hour or more. It’s called an “extreme” ride.


Cloyd, founder of the non-profit TEC Visions, is scheduled to go on an extreme ride Saturday, in an effort to raise money for Paint the Town Pink. The theme of his ride is 'lifting up a loved one.' People can donate to have Cloyd fly with the name of a loved one who has been effected by cancer.

All the money raised will go to the Hormel Institute.

"[It’s] a great way to come along and help honor the people that have fought through cancer,” Cloyd said. “Because what I go through, I need oxygen to survive up there. I’ll go through extremely cold temperatures, but what I go through is insignificant to what cancer patients have to go through."

If you want to donate money to the ride, you can find the link to Cloyd’s website, TEC Visions, here.


Megan Stewart

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