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Too young to know, Maleea just smiles

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on July 24, 2011 1:50 AM

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Maleea Bowden sleeps in her Mount Olive home. The scar on the little girl's head is a result of the biopsy conducted at Duke Hospital that revealed she had a primitive neuroectodermal tumor -- an aggressive form of cancer.

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Bobby Gaines Jr. and Edlaina Bowden play with their daughter, Maleea, in their Mount Olive home. Maleea was diagnosed with a brain tumor more than three months ago.

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Maleea Bowden rests on her mother, Edlaina's chest Thursday.

MOUNT OLIVE -- Maleea didn't stir when her father ran a hand across her cheek -- when he wrapped her fingers in his own and asked her for a smile. But when Bobby Gaines Jr. worked a pacifier out...

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