Chronically Ill Children Treated To Bay Area Vacation

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A child arrives at San Francisco International Airport on August 16, 2011 as part of a summer vacation provided by the nonprofit Kids of Courage. (CBS)

A child arrives at San Francisco International Airport on August 16, 2011 as part of a summer vacation provided by the nonprofit Kids of Courage. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) –  A group of 120 chronically ill children arrived in San Francisco Tuesday for a weeklong summer vacation provided by the nonprofit Kids of Courage.

The children have a full slate of events lined up for the week, including trips to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Raging Waters, Alcatraz Island, and an Oakland A’s game.

Officials from Kids of Courage said the trip allows children with life-threatening or chronic illnesses and conditions, such as cancer or muscular dystrophy, to forget about the constant medical attention they require and have fun.

They touched down at San Francisco International Airport on a chartered flight carrying state-of-the-art medical equipment, accompanied by pediatricians.

The children, who came from 12 U.S. states as well as England, Canada and Israel, will be in San Francisco until Aug. 23.

KCBS’ Betsy Gebhart Reports:

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