Pediatric patients from the University of Arizona Steele Children's Research Center and their families attended a tour of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 12, 2014.

Steele Children's Research Center specializes in better treatments for pediatric illnesses such as Type 1 diabetes, cancer and cystic fibrosis.

The tour was hosted by the 41st Electronic Combat Squadron and its purpose was to give the children and their families a chance to get away from their daily medical ordeals by interacting with D-M personnel and equipment.

"The tour was intended to give the kids a day to be a kid free from the struggles of their illness," said Capt. Joshua Palochak, 41st ECS weapons and tactics flight commander. "The only rule was to have fun."

Palochak learned about Steele Children's Research Center and their mission to combat pediatric illness after being honored by Father's Day Council Tucson as one of 2014's six Fathers of the Year. Father's Day Council Tucson's mission is to honor exceptional fathers in the community as well as raise money for Type 1 diabetes research.

"The research they are doing to find a cure for juvenile diabetes is nothing short of awe-inspiring," Palochak said. "As one of the parents told me, dealing with Type 1 diabetes is a life-long fight and there is often no outlet for these children and their families."