Medicine: Lights for Stephen

"I got my Christmas tree; I got my lights," said three-year-old Stephen Ridlon. "Santa Claus came." Stephen's parents and his big brother Timmy, 6, watched fondly as the out-of-season decorations lit up their Detroit home early in March. Stephen's eyes were as bright as the tree's lights, but Stephen was too weak to do more than just look.

For two years his small body had been racked with cancer. Doctors had removed one of Stephen's kidneys in an attempt to halt its relentless advance. But the cancer spread through the child's abdomen and...

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