Flight 1225 Takes Kids to the North Pole
"We want to make this a special time for our brave, little patients," Kim Lower, program director of the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disease at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, which hosted the event with the airlines, told the Orlando Sentinel. "For a day, they don't have to think about things like chemo or shots or going to see the doctor."
70 kids and their families hopped on to a 737 airplane and traveled 15 minutes down the runway on an imaginary flight toward the North Pole. The captains and flight crew all gave themselves holiday-themed nicknames like Captain Jack Frost and Koko “Mistletoe” Guevarra as volunteers dressed up like elves. There were slides, music, cotton candy and even a chance to meet Santa Claus for pictures. SeaWorld workers came in with two adorable penguins, Penny and Pete, to let the kids see the arctic animals and let them interact with them first hand. It was an emotional experience for the children’s parents and the crew that saw the children during their North Pole adventure. Crew members and parents that were interviewed by the Orlando Sentinel, sometimes with tears in their eyes, made it a point to say that health shouldn’t be taken for granted. It’s an important thought to remember during this holiday season and a lesson they all learned thanks to “Flight 1225.” If you would like to see arctic animals, stop by SeaWorld all year round for their amazing Wild Arctic exhibit!
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