What may seem like an act of magic to the children in attendance will actually be part of the first annual Helicopter Egg Drop-Palooza.
On Saturday, 30,000 treat-filled eggs will fall from the sky at Amesbury Sports Park . The family event is a fund-raiser hosted by Lucy’s Love Bus , a local nonprofit that funds supplemental therapies to children with cancer.
The organization was founded in 2006 by Lucy Grogan with the help of her family. Diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia when she was 8, Lucy embraced acupuncture, art therapy, and therapeutic horseback riding and wanted other sick kids to feel their benefits, too. She effortlessly comforted other sick children at the hospital before cancer took her life at age 12.
Since her passing, her mother, Beecher Grogan, has led the Amesbury-based organization that is spreading its message to 17 other states.
Grogan said her mission, in a world focused on finding a cure, is bringing comfort to children during their treatment.
“Kids are suffering like you would not believe,” she said. “I feel that we owe them comfort, and we owe them quality of life.”
By hosting events and promoting Lucy’s Love Bus, Grogan hopes to spread her message to attendees in a fun-filled, family-friendly environment.
“We try to help them remember that the point is to support the world’s most vulnerable children,” said Grogan. “You can feel the love at our events.”
This weekend’s pre-Easter festivities, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., are expected to attract up to 7,000 people and will feature helicopter and pony rides, face painting, live musical performances, and a bunny-hop dance-off. Grogan hopes to raise enough money to provide 20 children with $1,000 grants that will fund their choice of integrative therapies for one year.
Tickets are $5 per person and should be purchased in advance at www.lucyslovebus.org.
Grogan said that her daughter became passionate about the cause in her last six months of life.
“Her thing was, ‘A cure is not going to help me, or him, or her,’ ” she said. “She found the best help for her was integrative therapies.”
Grogan said knowing she is bringing some relief to children like Lucy gives her purpose through her grief.
“Being able to run this has helped us survive her loss.”Christina Jedra can be reached at email@example.com.