Candlelight and balloon release to remember those lost to addiction

FORT KENT, Maine — One local woman will hold a special candlelight memorial and balloon release in remembrance of those lost to addiction at Riverside Park Saturday, Sept. 21. 

Sole organizer Joyia Ouellette wanted to create this event for families and friends who have lost a loved one to addiction or currently have someone struggling with addiction. 

Ouellette lost her daughter to drug overdose three years ago Sept. 21.

“I just wanted to raise awareness,” she said. “There are loved ones out there losing the battle to this addiction and it is getting worse.” 

Each person is asked to provide a balloon and candle, although there will be a limited number of extras in case someone cannot bring them. 

The night will begin a 7 p.m. with a few words, then people will light candles before they release balloons into the evening sky.

“I hope to spread awareness and maybe help someone with an addiction and show them we care,” she said. “A heart never heals from the death of your own child.” 

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