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6-Year-Old Fighting Leukemia Takes Flight Over Hartford

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The MetLife blimp has been in the skies above Connecticut- for the Travelers Championship. Saturday the airship was on a special mission in between rounds of golf, carrying some VIPs — very important passengers.

Eli Christensen is far away and high above his cancer treatments. He’s in kindergarten and has leukemia, but at a thousand feet, tooling around in Snoopy 1, school and being sick are the last things on his mind.

“He is in remission now,” Elis’s mother says. “The medicine he’s on is working, so that’s awesome.”

Not a frequent flier by any means, Eli hadn’t even been on a plane before. So how cool is it that Eli’s first flight is a private tour over downtown Hartford.

We asked Eli preflight if he was a bit nervous, but he was clearly cool as a cucumber.

“I’m not a cucumber,” he says.

This blimp excursion was arranged by the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation, whose goal is to get kids and their families to look past their sickness and, as the name says, believe in tomorrow.

Click here to learn more about Believe in Tomorrow and how to contribute.


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