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Celebration Cruise Line sends young cancer patients on free cruise

By Rachel Leigh - bio | email

RIVIERA BEACH, FL (WFLX) - It's very grueling on a family with a child battling cancer. But thanks to Celebration Cruise Line, some families got to enjoy some much need R & R – all for free.

CJ George loves to cruise. Last year, he and his family took an all-expense paid treat on the Bahamas Celebration. "I really hope I can come again, and this won't be my last because I love it so much," said CJ.

CJ is battling Lymphoma Blood Cancer. After receiving the devastating news, CJ began two years of chemotherapy where he learned his best weapon was joining forces with kids battling the same disease.

In fact, he invited some of those kids and their families to cruise with him!

There's Mackenzie, AKA Tough Guy, who was diagnosed at age 4 with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare children's cancer. Sadly, treatments continue to fail, but she still knows how to work a room.

Sam, on the other hand, is a bit more bashful than Mackenzie. Even though, the 9-year-old lost a leg from bone cancer, he still brings his A Game to the shuffle board court.

Finally, there's 7-year-old Maisa who has inoperable brain cancer. I found her in the ice cream parlor after playing in the pool.

"They don't have to worry about anything because the ship has already taken care of it," said CJ's mom, Dawn George.

Dawn founded "Children Battling Cancer", a support organization which bridges the gap between the community and families raising children with cancer.

Through her organization, Celebration Cruise Line sends a family a month on a free trip.

It's hope on water for these kids and their families.

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