Sick SA kids soar in Snoopy blimp

A group of kids battling cancer, have their spirits lifted

Author: Jennifer Dodd , Reporter,
Published On: Apr 21 2012 02:52:56 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 22 2012 09:22:32 AM CDT

In February, 13-year-old Emma Degoes received the worst news imaginable— she was diagnosed with stage four Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Recently she finished her third round of chemotherapy and has two more rounds to go before beginning radiation.

But on Saturday she and her mother, Annette Keller, got a break from cancer.

"I think it's pretty cool. I never thought I'd go up in a blimp," Degoes said. 
They got a chance to do something few get to do, soar high above the ground in the famous Met Life blimp.

"It's special that people recognize that she does have a life threatening disease. They're just so giving and wanting her to do special things. It is really nice," Keller said.

The blimp is visiting San Antonio for a few days for the Valero Texas Open. Pilot Jim Miller said they always make a stop to help lift the spirits of kiddos battling cancer.

"The best thing is they're going through a lot in their lives so to be able to put a smile on their face, that's a big big thing," Miller said.