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Frankfort senior's dream of flying takes flight

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) There aren't many places on earth that hold more stories, memories and history than Ashwood Place Senior Living in Frankfort. And there aren't many residents there who have seen all that Jean Broome has seen.

"I don't mind saying my age," Broome told WKYT's Sean Moody. "I'm proud of it."

Broome is proud of a life she was able to share with her one true love, her late husband P.J. They saw the world together.

"I said, well, we've only got about 10 good years left so if we're going to do it we'd better do it now," Broome said. "And that's about what we had. After he died, I sat in the house for about four years getting ready to leave it."

With memories of living life and no regrets, Broome moved to Ashwood Place where her new large extended family asked if there was anything she'd always wanted to do but never did.

Her dream was to take flight in a hot air balloon.

"It is the kind of adventure, P.J. would love," Broome said.

Broome supplied the dream, and it just took Aero Force Balloons to supply the reality of flying high above central Kentucky.

"What kind of lady Jean must be to bring out this amount of warmth and emotion in so many people," said one of her neighbors who gathered to watch her high flying adventure.

They don't call it a bucket list around Ashwood Place because lists have an ending. They just ask what's next.

Second Wind Dreams organized Broome's flight.


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