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Make A Wish

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When Hannah was a kid, everyone knew she was dying. All over town, donation cans showed a picture of her: a sweet little girl with cancer who needed help. But it turned out that Hannah's story wasn't so simple — in fact, she still doesn't understand everything that happened to her, and all the lies she was told. 

In this episode, Cut writer Anna Silman follows Hannah as she gets a chance to talk to someone who can help her figure out the strange story of her childhood.

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