Beverly Flies in a Hot Air Balloon

Beverly Banks is an 88 year-old Brookdale resident in Bradenton, Florida. For Beverly’s entire life, she wished to take flight in a hot air balloon. She tells the story of watching hot air balloons from a cabin in the mountains, wishing that she could experience the thrill of being in the air and taking in the majestic views beneath her.

Beverly was a homemaker, wife, and a school teacher in her younger days. She volunteered with her church for over 60 years, teaching Sunday school and serving as a deacon. She states that “it is rewarding to give back to the community.” Beverly has faced numerous obstacles in her life, including serious health setbacks in the past 6 months. She has shown incredible perseverance throughout her life, including her recent efforts to become healthy enough to accomplish her dream.

Wish of a Lifetime and Brookdale granted Beverly’s Wish of a Lifetime on June 24th, 2016. Ms. Banks reflected on the experience saying, "It was exciting and wonderful. The views were fascinating as the people below looked like little ants. We had a very smooth landing and the sunrise was beautiful! It was an experience of a lifetime, something I have wanted to do for years."