ROWE, Ill. -- It is not uncommon to see balloons flying over the skies of Rowe, Illinois, a town about 100 miles southwest of Chicago. The balloons are in memory of 7-year-old Blake Seifers.
The first time they were let go was at his funeral in July of 2014, just days after he had been hit and killed while riding his bike.
Blake suffered a traumatic brain injury and was declared brain dead two days later. Before donating his heart and kidneys, his mother Carmen promised her little boy would never be forgotten.
In the last year, Blake’s mom, dad, brother and sister would often send up balloons to mark special occasions or let Blake know they were thinking of him.
“We started writing him messages on these balloons,” said Carmen.
But Carmen was left speechless last Wednesday when she received a message on Facebook. A silver balloon still carrying the blurry message, “Blake Seifers Daddy Misses You So Much,” had been found 4200 miles away in Denmark by a little 7-year-old girl and her friend just one week after it had been released from Illinois.
Karina Sorensen wrote:
This might sound very strange cause we live in Denmark, but my daughter found this balloon yesterday in our garden. It has the name Blake Siefers on top and its from a dad, who has lost a son. The message is very beatyful and heartbreaking. I was really moved and I think its amazing if the balloon came from you. I hope to hear from you soon. Love from Karina
Karina speaks broken English but the mothers have since corresponded via text and social media.
Blake’s story has spread quickly across media outlets in Denmark and is gaining attention back here in the U.S. It is giving some comfort to this mother and young family who lost the little man they called their super hero.
Carmen is happy to get Blake’s story out not only to keep his memory alive.
His family also has an online petition circulating to have charges pressed against the driver who hit him.
The petition is available here: https://www.change.org/p/state-s-attorney-seth-uphoff-justice-for-blake?source_location=petitions_share_skip
Blake's mom says Illinois State Police have determined the driver was going 51 mph in a 35 mph hour zone. She is meeting tomorrow with the Livingston County State’s Attorney in hopes of pushing forward an investigation into the crash.