Two years after state budget cuts, stories of struggle and success show the human side of Pima County’s foster-care system.

This year, 2,600 balloons will be released: One for every child in foster care in Pima County. The 2011 Blue Ribbon-Heart Gallery Celebration benefiting these foster children will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Thoroughbred Nissan, 5163 E. 22nd St.

  • Patty Machelor Arizona Daily Star

After moving to Tucson from Milwaukee, where she'd raised three children, Cynde O'Shea found her house was too quiet.