A dozen balloons were released into the skies on Sunday, to remember two-year-old Clara Ramos. The little girl and her mother, Rafaela Andrade, died a year ago after a car accident.
"They are supposed to go to Clara," said Thiago Prado, a close friend of the family who helped organize Sunday's event. "She is waiting for the balloons."
Despite the rain and cold weather, a few dozen people met at Arbor Creek park to listen to music, eat cotton candy and play with an inflatable slide. A similar event was held in Brazil.
The crash happened on the way to a camping trip last August. The father, Arthur Ramos, survived the accident and has since returned to Brazil.
The little girl was revived at the scene, but when it became clear that Clara would not survive, Prado said the father decided to donate Clara's organs.
"He expanded the gift of life to other kids, which comforted his heart now for the loss that he had."
Fernanda Dias, Prado's partner, was close to Andrade. She said they wanted people to talk about blood and organ donation at the event.
"We try to turn our pain into love and giving back to the community," Dias said. "Instead of staying at home and crying and remembering a bad moment, we decided to celebrate their lives."