Cubs surprise kids at Advocate Children’s Hospital with trip to spring training

CHICAGO — Kids battling serious illnesses got the surprise of a lifetime on Monday from the Chicago Cubs — the young fans are all going to spring training in Mesa, Ariz.

The children, ages 9 to 13, are bravely battling various illnesses including cancer, congenital heart defects and sickle cell disease.

Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks delivered the surprise in a video message.

"Surprise, guys. Pack your bags you're leaving in three days for spring training. We can't wait to see you. Go Cubs," he said in the message.

The kids head to Mesa Thursday and return on Saturday. They'll get to attend the first Cubs spring training game. They'll also hang out with players and coaches.

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