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These cameras gave young cancer patients an adventure of a lifetime.

360° cameras created an exciting, visual way for these kids to see places most grown-ups wouldn't see. #PromotedPost

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Expedia & St. Jude

"Your child has cancer" may be the four scariest words a parent can hear.

They mark the beginning of one of the most daunting battles children and their families could ever face.

In addition to the pain and fear of the cancer itself, treatment often limits kids' opportunities to explore, see new places, find fun adventures, and engage with the outside world.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® and Expedia came up with a way to change that, if only for a little while.


With the help of 360° cameras, live-streaming technology, and adventurous volunteers, they found a way to bring the world to St. Jude patients. Take a look (or scroll down to learn more and see previews):

Kiara, Hannah, Sagr, and Isaias are all patients at St. Jude who got to live out their travel dreams vicariously through personal guides.

Expedia employees who volunteered for the project traveled all over the world and filmed their adventures. The footage was then projected onto the walls of a room, in real-time, to create an immersive environment.

For a little while, the kids got to forget everything else and enjoy the beauty and wonder that the world has to offer.

Kiara roamed with wild horses in Córdoba, Argentina.

All GIFs and images via Expedia/YouTube.

Hannah, who passed away in early 2016, went scuba diving at the Great Maya Reef in Mexico.

Sagr helped dig for fossils at Talampaya National Park.

And Isaias visited Monkey Jungle in Miami, Florida.

They experienced awe-inspiring travel for themselves — without leaving St. Jude.

Most of all, the project brought fun, adventure, and some distraction into these kids' lives when they needed it most. Many patients are in treatment for months or even years, so anything that can help take their minds off things — even just for a little while — is a big deal.

All kids, with or without cancer, should get to have adventures that bring this look of wonderment to their faces:


For anyone not familiar with St. Jude, familiesnever receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food.

You read that right — families never receive a bill from them.

St. Jude cares for patients regardless of their financial situation and funds most of its work through public donations. If you're interested in contributing, find out how to donate your Expedia+ points to St. Jude.

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