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Children with Cancer Visit Nellis Air Force Base

Children with Cancer Visit Nellis Air Force Base

Children in the fight of their lives got a chance to visit the men and women who fight for this country.

Children battling cancer visited the flightline at Nellis Air Force Base Saturday, thanks to the efforts by the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada and the 64th and 65th Aggressor Squadrons.

The kids got to try on pilots' gear, had lunch at the squadron's heritage room and went to the flightline.

They were allowed an up-close view of a Humvee, F-15 Eagle and a F-16 Fighting Falcon. They also toured the Thunderbirds hangar and aircraft.

Lt. Col. Kevin Gordon, the director of operations for the 64th Agressor Squadron, planned the trip after attending a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization in April.

"It was actually rather easy to put together," Gordon said. "As soon as I would call an organization on base and explain to them what we were doing and for what cause, the response was always positive."  

The families of the children all expressed their gratitude to the men and women at the base that made the day special.