The mother took her fully emaciated son in her arms for the last time. Then it was time to say farewell.
Derek Madsen was a 10-year-old boy from Sacramento, California and his story is heartbreaking. It began in the summer of 2005 when he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer that mostly affects children. Derek immediately started treatment — he and his mother Cindy French were determined to beat the deadly disease.