'My little best friend'

"Come on Mama, you can do it," Laney Clark said as she encouraged her mom through the end of the Susan G. Komen race last year.

Laney's mother Erin, 36, was diagnosed with breast cancer March 2012 — and re-diagnosed this year.

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