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Friends and family release balloons, try to keep Kayla Berg's memory alive

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ANTIGO (WAOW)--Hundreds of hot pink balloons filled the sky over Antigo Thursday evening. They were released in honor of Kayla Berg, the Antigo teenager who went missing two years ago in August of 2009.

Kayla's mom, Hope Sprenger, said despite the time that's passed, her daughter is always on her mind. "She's the thing I wake up thinking about and what I got to bed thinking about and on days like this it's extremely hard."

Inside each balloon was a small flyer featuring a picture of Berg and information about her. On the back, it prompts whoever finds the balloon once it lands to contact the group "Missing Not Forgotten." Sprenger is a co-founder.

Dozens of friends and family members packed the shelter at Hudson Street Park to remember Berg. One of those people was Jessica Barnett, one of Berg's classmates. The two would have graduated together this year.

"I remember her being with her friends, having fun and being happy," she said when asked what she misses most about Berg.

Sprenger hopes events like the balloon release held Thursday will keep her daughter's face and name in the minds of people throughout the state.

"The more people see her face and know that she's still out there and that we still need to find her the better," she said.

As each balloon drifted from view, Sprenger hugged the people who have supported her throughout the past two years. She said she will never give up the fight to find Kayla.

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