NEWARK - More than a dozen seriously ill kids from the Garden State will join children from around the country on a weeklong trip to California.

Kids of Courage, a volunteer-based non-profit organization, departed from Newark Liberty International Airport this morning on its annual summer excursion for 150 chronically ill children and young adults on a medically supervised adventure trip to San Franciso, Ca.

Each child or "camper" gets assigned a volunteer counselor who'll be with them at all times. The organization is funded completely by donations.

"This is the largest group that we have ever traveled with and many are the sickest and most disabled kids we serve," Dr. Stuart Ditchek, medical director and co-founder of Kids of Courage said in a news release today. Ditchek also said, "We believe that the burden of their disease is more than they can handle so we provide everything free of cost."Kids Of Courage