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Gary Waldman of Cushing, Iowa helps finish setting up 'Serena's Song' hot air balloon at the Casey Popcorn Festival in Casey, Illinois on Saturday, August 30, 2008. Waldman first got the idea to create a handicap accessible hot air balloon when his daughter, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy, vocalized for the first time after a ride in a hot air balloon. Since that day in 1985, Waldman has been on a self imposed mission to bring joy to people with disabilities by offering them the unique opportunity to ride in a hot air balloon. 'Serena's Song' is the first handicap accessible wheel chair to be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. (Jay Grabiec/Staff Photographer)