ATLANTA - Thirteen amazing local children are getting the experience of a lifetime, thanks to Bert's Big Adventure.
Every year, the non-profit organization provides a five-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Walt Disney World to kids with chronic and terminal illnesses. Thursday morning, the families left for this year's trip to Orlando.
Ahead of their vacation, a huge sendoff party took place near Atlanta's airport at the Renaissance Concourse Hotel. It was a fun-filled morning full of music, Disney characters, face painting and a live broadcast of Atlanta-based "The Bert Show."
The sendoff party also included a big surprise for one of the families. Ekuwa Ansah has been without a car for quite some time and has been using public transportation to take her 12-year-old daughter, Autumn, to receive chemotherapy treatments as she battles Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. She was live on "The Bert Show" when she found out she was receiving a brand new car.
"God is good, God is so good," she said, with tears streaming down her face.
The mother's reaction to the vehicle was priceless. The car was donated to the family by Audi Atlanta.
The children, along with their families, boarded a plane after the send off party and headed for Disney shortly before noon on Thursday.
Bert's Big Adventure was founded by Bert Weiss, the host of "The Bert Show," and Stacey Weiss. It was established in 2002. To qualify for BBA, a child must be between the ages of 5-12, live in "The Bert Show" radio listening area, prove financial need and have never been to Walt Disney World.
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