A 9-year old from Ferndale is on a once in a lifetime trip to Washington D.C.

     Jake Finkbonner has battled a flesh-eating disease that's had him in and out of hospitals for years.

     He's one of 53 children visiting the nation's capitol as part of the Children's Miracle Network Champions Across America.

     He's there with Miss America 2009, Katie Stam.

The kids will visit Disney World, have lunch with their state Senator and then visit Capitol Hill, the White House and other D.C. landmarks.