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Every child who visited the North Pole had the opportunity for a private visit with Santa Claus. United Airlines flew 135 children, many referred by Children's Hospice International located in Alexandria, and their families, doctors, nurses and support crews on a special flight that lifted off from Dulles International Airport early Saturday morning, Dec. 3.

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Taking a Fantasy Flight to the North Pole from Northern Virginia

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One hundred twenty-five children with life-challenging illnesses, their families and a support team of doctors, nurses and volunteers, for a total of 216 people, arrived at Gate 7, Terminal D at Dulles International Airport, Dec. 3, and headed for the hottest destination of the season.


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