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Girl’s cancer death brings hope of saving lives through Stanford’s work
The Mercury News

Dave and Kristine Wetzel made the decision at one of the most heart-wrenching moments of their lives. Just hours before their nearly 8-year-old daughter, McKenna, succumbed to an inoperable brain tumor in July 2011, the Huntington Beach couple decided to donate some of her cancerous tissue to Stanford University for research. The goal: to grow the cancer cells so scientists can develop drugs and other treatments for a disease that is nearly always fatal.