Soaring over Glendale: Valley kids get a chance to fly in a blimp

 You may have seen them in the skies above the valley, the blimps floating around in anticipation of the big game on Sunday.

The folks with the DirecTV blimp teamed up with a national organization to give some very special kids a ride they won't soon forget. 

The crew from the DirecTV blimp, and the Believe in Tomorrow Children's Foundation teamed up to give blimp rides to valley kids suffering from critical illness. It was a chance to forget about all that, for these kids.

Whatever worries 11-year-old Caprice Ferra had about flying in the DirecTV blimp were soon melted away as the airship took to the sky. Her smile was non-stop as she soaked up the sights floating about 1,000 feet in the skies above Glendale.

Caprice's tour included a birds-eye view of the University of Phoenix Stadium where preps are well underway for Super Bowl 49.

FOX 10 asked her if she had ever done something like this before. "No, that was my first time," said Caprice Ferra.

Caprice and a handful of other kids were chosen to take flight in the blimp. Recently Caprice was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and spent a few weeks in the hospital. The blimp was her reward for those trying times.

"It was like I was flying or something, it was weird," she said. Her uncle was by her side, taking pictures and documenting this once in a lifetime ride. "It was really cool, I definitely want to see her happy, and she definitely brightened up when we got up there and moving around," said her uncle Aaron Smith.

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