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

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Realizing her son may never have an opportunity to get his driver's license, something he's told her he is anticipating, Cyndie defies the rules and lets 11-year-old Derek drive up and down their street in West Sacramento while sitting on her lap. Cyndie is determined to give him moments of joy whenever possible. On the same day, Feb. 9, 2006, Cyndie met for the first time with hospice workers, and learns there is little time left for Derek to live.


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