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In this Sept. 28, 2011 photo, Melissa St. Laurent poses with her daughter Alexa Falcon, 8, in a park in Dighton, Mass. Alexis isn't the typical arthritis patient. But she is a typical 8-year-old. (AP Photo/Taunton Daily Gazette, Dave Demelia)

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Mass. youngster fights arthritis

In many ways, Alexis Falcon is your typical 8-year old. One thing that sets apart the bright, cheerful young girl from her peers is a serious health condition.

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