16 year old Ashlynn Marracino's dad passed away of a brain aneurysm in 2010. She wrote a 'letter to heaven' on a balloon for her dad. She was amazed at the response she got.

Since her dad's death, she sends a balloon in the sky on his birthday. It floated 400 miles before landing.

She has never gotten a reply before, but this year was different. She sent it from her home in Whittier, California and it floated 436 miles to the city of Auburn, California. According to KCBS, Ashlynn's dad was in prison until she was 10, and he only had one year with her before his death.

Here letter included telling her dad, "I’ve been playing softball for 11 years now. Can you believe it? I Hope you helped me out with all those home runs. I don’t like how I never had you in my life. It’s not fair. Show me a sign please. Anything to let me know you’re there. I miss you so much and I want you back."

She got a sign alright. Restaurant owner Lisa Swisley found the popped balloon and decided to give the teenager a touching surprise. She wrote: “You have missed so much and I miss you. And I love you, miss you like crazy!”

Lisa put the letter on a Pay It Forward Facebook page, and asked people to get involved. It worked, people have been sending tons of cards and packages. Lisa and Ashlynn have even chatted over Skype.

Ashlynn, who wrote the letter for her dad's January 6 birthday, told KCBS: "While I was writing it, I was just crying so much and then when I let it go I just kind of calmed down and I watched it go, and I didn't, like, think anybody would find it."

This is what makes me like people.


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