Hy-Vee Balloon Brigade brightens spirits at Mayo Clinic | KAALTV.com

Hy-Vee Balloon Brigade brightens spirits at Mayo Clinic

Created: December 09, 2019 06:49 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Being sick is never fun for a child, let alone the family that is helping take care of them.

But being sick during the holiday season is an added factor of being not fun.

Which is why Hy-Vee's Balloon Brigade paid a special visit to sick children across the Rochester area Monday afternoon bringing with them not only balloons but smiles and joy as well.

We all have come to know and love the song, You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch, but the Grinch that stopped by Mayo's Children's Center on Monday was anything but "a mean one".

This year was the first year that Chris Schultz, a Hy-Vee employee, took part in handing out balloons but he says he's looking forward to being a part of it next year.

"It was probably the highlight of my day," says Schultz, adding it was probably the highlight of his year as well.

Alongside him, Mr. and Mrs. Claus as well as other Hy-Vee employees helped pass out various Christmas balloons. 

"It's kind of a nice start off to the week and doctor's appointments aren't so much fun so it's just bringing some joy and happiness to everyone," says Alyssa Wilhelm, who's 7 month old son, Beckham, was visiting for a doctor's appointment.

Wilhelm explained that her son has a hypothyroid condition which means that the levels of the thyroid hormone in is blood is lower than a person with a normal thyroid.

If left untreated, a hypothyroid could lead to obesity, joint pain, infertility and heart disease. 

"The day after we came home from the hospital with him. It was Mother's Day and we got a call saying "you have to come to the hospital" it was kind of crazy but we've been doing okay."
Alyssa says that Beckham and herself have been visiting an endocrinologist to make sure that he's doing okay and that his medication is at the proper dosage. 
 In all, over 2,000 balloons will be delivered to children who are staying at or visiting either the Children's Center, Hope Lodge or the Ronald McDonald House.

The balloons were donated to the children from those in the community who purchased a balloon at Hy-Vee.

The campaign started on December 2 and lasts through December 15.  

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