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Trent Thompson holds his 19-month old daughter, Tenley, after the Norway Lake Lutheran Parish's Sunday School Christmas program. The offering that night went to help the Thompsons. Tenley has leukodystrophy, a rare and fatal genetic disorder in which children appear healthy, but then gradually decline. Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange

Pennock, Minn., couple finds strength in family, community after daughter diagnosed with fatal disorder

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The sparkle in Tenley Thompson's bright blue eyes nearly outshines the lights on the Christmas tree in her parents' rural Pennock home, where the 19-month-old toddler quietly plays. Truth be told, the tree is merely a backdrop to a little girl who's captured the hearts of a community.

"She is the most loved child," said Emily Thompson, of her daughter. "Her personality and her big blue eyes get everybody's attention,"

But little Tenley is also breaking a lot of hearts.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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