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The Tanner family outside their rural Morris home. In front are Erin and Ethan, and in back are Robert, Amber and Emma.

Erin's anxious wait

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By Tom Larson

Sun Tribune

Erin Tanner bounces around her yard as any 9-year-old would after getting off a school bus on a beautiful spring afternoon. Watching the wispy, blue-eyed blond with the shy smile burn off a little after-school energy, it's almost impossible to make a mind grasp the reality that she's actually a seriously ill girl.


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