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Ill children take trip to 'North Pole'

From left, Lucas Abramson, Billy Fischer and Community

From left, Lucas Abramson, Billy Fischer and Community Service Coordinator for JKF and La Guardia airports, Jeanne Kemperle, exit a Delta aircraft at JFK airport during the Holiday Flight to the North Pole. (Dec. 1, 2010) Credit: Sally Morrow

His head hairless from two weeks of radiation treatment, 10-year-old Billy Fischer bounded down the steps of a Delta jet parked Wednesday in the hangar at Kennedy Airport and made a beeline to the bounce house.

The Brookville boy and his family were inside an otherwise drab-looking airport hangar decked out in its Christmas best on a dark dreary day. For Billy, who has endured months of treatment for brain tumors, the lights and sights of the holiday season were another sign of good things to come - he's now cancer free.

"He's always been a big Christmas kid," said Billy's father, Morgan Fischer of Brookville. "It has been a long year."

The Fischers were among a half-dozen families from Long Island with children battling health problems who took a 30-minute taxi ride on a Delta Air Lines plane Wednesday from Terminal 2 at the airport to the hangar, transformed into Santa's workshop.

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