Children battling cancer fly to North Pole

CHICAGO (WCMH) – A group of children battling cancer went on a ‘fantasy flight’ to the North Pole for a visit with Santa Claus.

Thirty-four children, along with their families got on the plane in Chicago on Sunday and took off from O’Hare International Airport, WLS reported.

Pilots and flight attendants from United Airlines volunteered to staff the trip.

When they landed, Santa and Mrs. Claus were on-hand to greet them.

The plane flew under the call-sign “SANTA1.”

‘Operation North Pole’ is an annual tradition. The organization’s president said children get to leave with presents and lasting memories they build as a family. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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