My niece, Natalie, who lives in Alaska has traveled all by herself the last two summers to spend some time with us.
To a normal kid this might sound scary -- flying by themselves. Well ... my Natalie is not a normal kid. She has stared death in the face and won! She was 8 years old when she was diagnosed with leukemia, uprooted from her home in Alaska, and airlifted to Seattle without saying goodbye to anyone. Plus, all the medical stuff she had to endure -- like having a port placed, undergoing chemo, taking tons of medication daily and always wondering if she was going to even live.