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Happy holidays from all of us at Pacific Blue Cross and BC Life

Recent passengers on an Air Transat flight to the North Pole can confirm that Santa is on his way.

Earlier this month, the annual Children’s Wish Foundation ‘Flight In Search of Santa’ left YVR for the ‘North Pole’ with 250 families and friends on board. Passengers included Children’s Wish Board Chair and Pacific Blue Cross / BC Life CEO Jan K. Grude, his special guest Kenny Ghuman and Kenny’s five-year-old daughter, Aziya.

“Boarding the aircraft, Aziya joined all the kids in stomping their feet to get the Grinch off the runway so we could depart, " says Kenny. "Aziya kept looking out the window to see if she could see the North Pole and Santa with his reindeer. The pilot announced that he had spotted Santa. The plane shook a little as Santa landed on the roof of the plane.

A few minutes later we heard "HO HO HO” and then Santa appeared at the front of the cabin. He wished everyone a Merry Christmas and gave every little boy and girl a gift. My daughter had a smile from ear to ear as Santa approached her, and couldn’t believe her eyes when Santa reached into his bag of toys to give her a gift.”

On their way home, Kenny's daughter could not stop talking about the wonderful day she had and how happy it made her. “I feel so privileged to have been a part of this event. I want to again thank Jan, Children’s Wish and Air Transat for making this day possible. It is truly an experience we both will remember the rest of our lives".

This is the 10th year of the magical Flight in Search of Santa. Thanks to generous airline passengers who donate leftover currencies at designated airport bins, since 2004 Air Transat has raised $5 million for the Foundation to help lift the spirits of seriously ill children and their families.

Blue Cross organizations across Canada provide free travel insurance coverage to Children’s Wish Foundation families, so that they may experience their travel wishes without fear of costly medical bills.

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