12/15/2014 06:36 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Kids With Serious Illnesses 'Forget About Hospitals,' Board Dream Flight To The North Pole

This is where Santa makes all the magic happen.

About 60 Detroit children battling life-threatening illnesses at six local hospitals boarded a Delta plane to Santa's legendary home, the North Pole, on Friday, WJBK reported. The kids and their families boarded the "fantasy flight" at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. After taxiing around the runway -- which served as their super-speedy trip to North Pole -- they entered the airport's hotel, which had been transformed into Santa's residence.

Inside the hotel, the children were greeted by elves, presents, food and, of course, the man in red.

"They are so happy and their parents are happy. They forget about hospitals, they forget about medicine and tests," Madge McGoorty, a member of the Silverliners, a group of retired airline attendants that organized the event, told The Detroit News. "That's what it's all about, to give them joy."

While some of the children on the trip may not have much time left, many parents say that the event gives them an opportunity to just be a kid, WDIV-TV reported.

"Being able to see him smile and laugh, when your kid is sick, as a parent that's all you want," Tammie Carr, one of the parents told the Detroit News.

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