Clayco workers find family's message to brain cancer victim

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By Anne Allred

O'FALLON (KSDK) - An O'Fallon family's wish came true thanks to a group of construction workers in Chesterfield. 

Hannah Quirk lost her battle with brain cancer at the age of seven. When she died in January, her family released hundreds of pink balloons in Hannah's honor at the funeral. 

On July 20th, Hannah's mom, dad and two siblings released more balloons to mark the six-month anniversary of Hannah's death. When they released the balloons from their O'Fallon backyard, one balloon had a note attached saying "We love and miss you." The note also asked anyone who found the balloon to consider donating to the Hope for Hannah Foundation, a charity that Hannah's parents started to help the families of children suffering from cancer. 

Nine days later, workers on a Clayco construction site in Chesterfield found the balloon in the only tree on the 16-acre site. The workers read the note and started collecting money for the Hope for Hannah foundation. The workers collected more than $1,000. They called Hannah's family to share the news that they had not only found the balloon, but they had a huge donation. 

"I do believe she helped place it here in a special place," said Mary Quirk, Hannah's mom. 

The Quirks plan to use the money to buy Christmas presents for cancer patients at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. 

In addition to the financial boost for Hannah's foundation, the Quirks have more good news to share. The day they released the balloon and note into the air, Mary Quirk also found out she was pregnant. She is due in April. 

For more information about Hope for Hannah go to 


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