Derek Madsen, 10, gets a soothing massage from his mother, Cyndie French, at her Sacramento nail and tanning salon on June 2, 2005. The 10-year-old is battling a rare childhood cancer that has invaded his bones and organs. "I'm going to do whatever it takes to make him happy, to see him smile." Cyndie says. Cyndie, a single mom, had to give up her salon to care for her dying son.
Derek Madsen, 10, gets a soothing massage from his mother, Cyndie French, at her Sacramento nail and tanning salon on June 2, 2005. The 10-year-old is battling a rare childhood cancer that has invaded his bones and organs. "I'm going to do whatever it takes to make him happy, to see him smile." Cyndie says. Cyndie, a single mom, had to give up her salon to care for her dying son. Renee C. Byer Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
Derek Madsen, 10, gets a soothing massage from his mother, Cyndie French, at her Sacramento nail and tanning salon on June 2, 2005. The 10-year-old is battling a rare childhood cancer that has invaded his bones and organs. "I'm going to do whatever it takes to make him happy, to see him smile." Cyndie says. Cyndie, a single mom, had to give up her salon to care for her dying son. Renee C. Byer Sacramento Bee Staff Photo

A Mother's Journey, part 3

July 11, 2006 12:00 AM