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Renee C. Byer The Sacramento Bee
"A Mother's Journey"

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Derek Madsen, center, jumps between beds at a Lake Tahoe hotel on July 16, 2005 with his brother Micah Moffe, left, and best friend RJ Dolan. The trip provided by NBA star Chris Webber marks Derek's first time staying in a hotel. Their mom Cyndie French, who accompanied the boys to Tahoe, had contacted Webber and other celebrities in her efforts to make every moment memorable for Derek.


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