Eleven Saskatchewan kids undergoing cancer treatments had a chance to forget about their problems for a short time and have the time of their lives.
This past Thursday, the Chris Knox Foundation brought kids out to the HMCS Regina at CFB Esquimalt, just outside Victoria, to experience a day sail aboard the famed vessel.
And from the perspective of Saskatchewan native Lieutenant Tracy Tkachuk, the kids quite enjoyed themselves.
“We put them in bunker gear and they can pretend they’re fighting a fire,” he said. “We have some displays with tactical weapons and things like that for a boarding party. Guns are always cool to kids.”
Tkachuk said the kids got a real kick out of firing a machine loaded with blanks.
But perhaps those working aboard the ship got the biggest kick out of this of all, as Tkachuk said just having the kids aboard meant alot to all.
“They’re (the kids) so thankful and glad to be there,” he said. “For us, we’re just happy to make one day in their life easier and show them what we do.”