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Santa arrives on the AirBear medical helicopter at Akron Children's Hospital on Monday in Akron, Ohio. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
Upon his arrival on the AirBear medical helicopter, Santa receives a hug from Megan Valloric, 8, of Green, Monday at Akron Children's Hospita. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
Akron Children's Hospital patient Tianna Stillings 3, of Akron, opens a gift from Santa on Monday in Akron. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
Santa's arrival generated much excitement on the face of Tyler Esposito, 15, of Akron who waited in the lobby all bundled up Monday at Akron Children's Hospital. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
Physical therapy department workers Rosanna Koehler (left) and Turranna Rice take cover from the sudden spray of snow from the AirBear medical helicopter arriving with Santa Monday at Akron Children's Hospital. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
Sitting in chairs on the gym floor where Akron’s best basketball player learned the game, they came to honor the memory of Akron’s second-best basketball player — and one of its all-time nicest people.