Eddie Lin, a 22-year-old from Edison, New Jersey, has been creating balloon art since he was 10 years old. Lin, who was diagnosed with autism at age 3, has turned his hobby into “Ausome Balloon Creator,” a business offering balloons for weddings, birthdays, and other special occasions.
While Lin is fond of creating balloons based on Marvel superheroes, on April 28, designated as National Superhero Day, Lin applied his balloon-making talents towards honoring real life “superheroes”: the nurses, doctors, and first-responders currently on the frontlines of the Coronavirus pandemic.
“We want everyone to remember that not all superheroes wear capes (or are in the Marvel Universe),” a post on the Ausome Balloon Creator Facebook page explained. “Some of them are right in our community, working hard to help keep us safe!”
Lin’s mother, Jenny, explained that her son learned how to create balloon art by watching YouTube videos, eventually learning more elaborate designs from a balloon maker in Taiwan during the family’s visits there.
“We’ve found balloons simply bring joy to people,” Jenny was quoted as saying in a report by CBS News. “When we deliver a balloon arrangement, you just see faces light up with happiness and excitement. We think in a darker and unprecedented time as now, Eddie’s story so happens to shine brighter than usual.”
Jenny added that, during the Covid-19 pandemic, it “means a lot to our whole family that Eddie’s talent and story are bringing joy and hope to people. People across the globe are reaching out to us and sharing how Eddie and his balloons have brightened their days and lifted their spirits.”