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

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Cyndie French tearfully rocks her dying son Derek, 11, as the song 'Because We Believe' plays. Cyndie sings along with Andrea Bocelli in a whispery voice. 'Once in every life/There comes a time/We walk out all alone/And into the light...' From left, family friends Ashley Berger, Amy Morgan and Kelly Whysong offer comfort as Cyndie tells Derek, 'It's OK, baby. I love you, little man. I love you, brave boy. I love you. I love you.'


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