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This has been a difficult 11 months for Ahwatukee resident Ann Trent and her daughter.

Last December, she learned that her daughter, Hope Defenderfer, then a 7th grader, straight-A student at Altadeña Middle School, was suffering from a brain tumor. 

The single mother was devastated, and even now, as she sits after school in her Kyrene de la Sierra kindergarten classroom and speaks about her only daughter and her continuing miseries, Trent can’t hold back the tears. 

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