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Balloons, cards from 7-year-old brighten hospital patients' day

Ken Gordon, The Columbus Dispatch on

Published in Health & Fitness

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Mary Allman had been in OhioHealth Doctors Hospital for four days already, waiting on results of tests, when Aaron Raney walked into her room Monday with a shiny balloon and an attached card.

"Feel better," read the blue balloon with a smiley-faced yellow sun on it.

The card was from Raney's son George. On one side was a painting of a heart and flowers, and on the other was a printed note:

"Hi! My name is George and I am almost 7 years old. My dad works at the hospital. This is for when you are recovering. I hope it helps you feel better."

It was hand-signed, "G."

Allman, 86, said her grandchildren had sent her a balloon, as well, but this gift from a stranger was a sweet surprise.


"I just loved it," said the West Side resident. "It makes you feel good, God love him. Kids are amazing."

His parents, Far West Side residents Aaron (a resident surgeon) and Lena, say George is pretty amazing, as evidenced by the plan he hatched to raise money, buy balloons and have them delivered to hospital patients.

"It was 100% percent George's idea," said Aaron. "He has a tender heart and is very giving. He has a soft spot for people who are hurting."

Added Lena: "He gets that from his dad."


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