Santa spreads cheer at the Vermont Children's Hospital

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) We're still eight days away from Christmas, but Santa was spotted in Vermont Monday! He visited some children in Burlington who won't be home to hang their stockings with care. Our Lance MacKenzie reports.

A special visitor stopped in at the University of Vermont Children's Hospital.

"I'm seeing Santa. He was flying a helicopter. I thought that was actually pretty awesome! Now I'm going to see him in person!" said Bryce Dimick of Massena, New York.

Bryce and other patients got to meet Santa. He brought toys and games for the children at the hospital.

It's a special moment for these patients, a moment not lost on Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Reporter Lance MacKenzie: What is it about meeting Santa that's special?
Bryce Dimick: It's just... the feeling you get.
Lance MacKenzie: Can you explain that a little bit, Bryce? What kind of feeling do you get?
Bryce Dimick: Happy... a happy feeling. A really joyful feeling.

The hospital visit is a reminder of the courage these young patients have. Bryce's treatment is ongoing.

"I'm 10. I was diagnosed with medulloblastoma last year," he explained. "I have brain cancer."

The youthful excitement that comes with Santa Claus is a moment to perhaps put life's challenges on hold and savor the magic of the season.