Gathered around the table in prayer, Itzel watches as her mother, Corina Chavez, and father, Pablo Chavez, pray before dinner on March 7. As Jehovah's Witnesses, the family keeps religion at the center of their lives. Corina Chavez believes faith in God has helped her family get through Itzel's fight against cancer. Allie Garza/Staff
After she was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer in 2007, the family of Itzel Chavez, now 4, faced an impossible choice: Subject the child to another round of chemotherapy, straining her young body and pushing it to its limits, or a full arm amputation.
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