Jan 14, 2015 1:56 PM by News Staff
WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) - Every year on her late father's birthday, Ashlynn Marracino writes a message to him on a balloon and sends it aloft.
This year the Southern California teen got an unexpected response.
The Whittier Daily News reports the balloon flew 436 miles north to Auburn, California, where it ended up in the hands of Lisa Swisley.
Swisley says she became emotional after reading the message and decided to look Ashlynn up on Facebook. She discovered the Whittier High School junior dreams about attending Humboldt State University and playing softball there.
Swisley reached out to the softball coach at the university and put him in touch with Ashlynn, making the girl's dream one step closer to coming true.
Ashlynn says the response is a sign her father is watching over her.
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