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Rare brain cancer claims girl

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Abby Grace Needham touched hearts in Madera, Valley

A Madera girl whose life became a symbol of hope and warmth for thousands throughout the Central Valley succumbed last week to a rare brain cancer that had plagued her for nearly three years.

But some may say the 5-year-old girl who loved the color rainbow, butterflies, and — even after hours of chemotherapy — dancing as much as her strength would allow, left behind a legacy defined more by love than loss.

At 7:14 p.m. Friday, Abby Grace Needham could no longer fight the pineoblastoma she had battled for 31 months and drifted away while sleeping with her father Duncan, mother Theresa, and sister Lillian at her side.

She is survived by her immediate family as well as grandparents Michael and Nancy Needham and William and Jeanette Barnard, as well as extended relatives...


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