A group of 120 chronically ill children were scheduled to arrive in San Francisco on Tuesday for a weeklong summer vacation provided by the nonprofit Kids of Courage.
They were scheduled to touch down at San Francisco International Airport on Tuesday afternoon on a chartered flight carrying state-of-the-art medical equipment, accompanied by pediatricians. They were to be greeted with a water cannon salute on the runway.
The children have a full slate of events lined up for the week, including trips to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Raging Waters, Alcatraz Island, and an Oakland A's game.
Officials from Kids of Courage said the trip allows children with life-threatening or chronic illnesses and conditions, such as cancer or muscular dystrophy, to forget about the constant medical attention they require and have fun.
The children, who came from 12 U.S. states as well as England, Canada and Israel, will be in San Francisco until Aug. 23.