A nine-year-old boy from Texas who is going blind got help from Alaska Airlines, a pilot, and others to travel to Alaska to see the aurora borealis.

Ben Pierce made a “bucket list” of things and places he wants to see before he loses his sight. Fortunately, the Northern lights did appear one night while he was there.

“I still can’t believe we saw them,” his mom told the News Miner. “It felt like a dream.”

His family, staying at Chena Hot Springs outside of Fairbanks, got to do other fun things like ride with sled dogs.

(READ the full story with photos from the Fairbanks News Miner)

Photo by Robert Snache (CC license on Flickr) – Story tip from Susan Seefeldt


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