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April 9, 2013
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Jessica Villarreal, 17, sits with her mother, Veronica Villarreal, on the couch in their home as they recall happy memories of last Christmas with the family. Jessica was diagnosed with neuroendocrine carcinoma, a rare form of cancer, when she was 11, and doctors said she likely wouldn't live through the New Year. Since then, doctors have found an experimental radiation treatment that is expected to prolong her life and ease the pain of headaches caused by the brain tumors.

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