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

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On May 1, 2006, after days of almost no sleep while caring for Derek, Cyndie confronts 'grandpa' Patrick Degnan, a longtime family friend, about whether he'll be able to help with rent and funeral expenses as Derek is caught in the middle. Cyndie hopes to set up a non-profit organization so families don't have to endure the same financial struggle and chaos they have experienced. 'I just wish that some of the percentage of money that goes to cancer research can be diverted to families going through this because many people will never benefit from the research,' says Cyndie.


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