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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

NASA Hosts Holiday Fantasy for Sick Children

Karen Jenvey
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Brian Simuro
Cop Care Cancer Foundation, San Jose, Calif.

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – Hangar N211 at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., will once again be transformed into the "North Pole" for the annual Cops Care Foundation Christmas Fantasy Flight for children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

The festive holiday event will be held on Saturday Dec. 10, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST in the San Jose Police Department Air Support Unit hangar, N211, at NASA Ames. Families will begin boarding buses at approximately 11:30 a.m. PST at the Yahoo! Inc., campus for transport to NASA Ames.

Children from San Francisco Bay Area hospitals, including Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center and Children’s Hospital and Research Center, Oakland, will be treated to a day of holiday fun with their families, complete with a variety of activities, food, drinks and music. Santa will be arriving at approximately 3:30 p.m. PST in a San Jose Police Department helicopter.

WHAT: Cops Care Cancer Foundation's annual Christmas Fantasy Flight for children with cancer

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011

WHERE: San Jose Police Department Air Support Unit Hangar, N211, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

News media representatives are requested to arrive by noon PST Saturday, Dec. 10, for the arrival of the children and their families at Hangar N211. Highlighting the event will be the arrival of the 49ers and Santa in a police helicopter, bearing gifts for each child and their siblings. Other activities include a 'bubble zone', jumper house, face painting, carnival games and special access to police and fire department vehicles.

Police officers and firefighters from the San Jose Police Department and Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety will greet the children at Yahoo! Inc.'s Sunnyvale campus before boarding buses to NASA Ames. Attending the event will be 49er team players, local police officers, cartoon characters and more than 100 foundation volunteers.

In addition, Yahoo! Inc., Sunnyvale, Calif., will provide check-in gifts for the children and the Cops Care Cancer Foundation will give each family gift cards to help purchase Christmas dinner and presents.

For more information, contact San Jose Police Officer Brian Simuro, president of the Cops Care Cancer Foundation, at 408-839-3349 or visit the foundation Web site

For directions to NASA Ames Research Center, visit

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