Sick children take fantasy flight to 'North Pole'

United Airlines hosted a flight for a group of children from Newark Liberty International Airport to Santa's workshop at a fantasy North Pole.



The children are patients at University Hospital, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, and Trinitas Hospital. Many have or are recovering from a serious illness.



They boarded a United jetliner at Newark airport on Wednesday for a short flight and landed to find the gate decorated like the North Pole.



Sabur Clark, 5, is battling a cancer of the muscles. He has to undergo chemotherapy Thursday, but his mother say the trip to the North Pole put that out of his mind.



"Right now, it kind of makes it go away because he's so excited," says Trisha Purfoy. "So it's like you kind of don't even care that we have to go to the hospital tomorrow."



Sabur says that he wants to ask Santa for a Furby for Christmas and would like his mom to get a bracelet.



United Airlines Fantasy Flights are now in the 23rd year. The flights take place nationwide.



The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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