United Airlines and Valero bring kids with cancer to the North Pole

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Photo courtesy of United’s Fantasy Flights Jingle All the Way

These kids “probably had two or three hours of ‘I don’t feel sick.’  They can forget that they’re ill.  This day is about forgetting that.  This day is about their parents seeing a smile on their face, and they’re running and they’re playing…”

That’s because for some kids with cancer in San Antonio, Christmas came a little early.  But Santa didn’t come to them – they went to the North Pole to see him!

Valero and United Airlines partner up with the American Cancer Society to make that happen.

A United plane, as you might expect, is how the kids fly to the North Pole.  And the North Pole?  That’s inside a decorated-out Valero hanger.  Kids and parents take off for a 30-minute flight (the first time in an airplane for many kids), and then walk off that plane and into – the North Pole, a hangar filled with Christmas trees and gingerbread houses, lights and decorations, even falling snow (ok, “snow”).

“Santa, come out”, the kids call – and out of a small plane inside the hanger, out steps – Santa Claus!

And for the next few hours – these kids get to eat, real food and treat food – they get balloon crowns, they make decorations of their own, they play games with each other, they get presents, they get their picture taken with Santa – and yes, they get to forget about doctors and hospitals and being sick for a little while.

Merry Christmas (a little early).