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Posted: Dec 24, 2013 9:27 PM

Updated: Dec 24, 2013 10:16 PM

DONNA - Wednesday marks the birth of Christ, and a very special little Rio Grande Valley girl.

Arleen Becerra will turn 3 on Christmas Day. Each Christmas is more precious for her parents.

Arleen is battling a rare form of cancer.

Arleen is not even half way through her cancer treatment. They spent the past several months at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. They returned to the Valley on Monday.

The family is trying to enjoy the holidays. They know it could be Arleen's last Christmas.

Months of chemotherapy have left a mark on Arleen.

Arleen's life was just like any other child's just eight months ago.

"She got facial paralysis and we kept on going to the doctors," her father, Abel Becerra, said.

Since then, Arleen has undergone four surgeries for a tumor in her brain.

"She doesn't understand what's going on. But she seems today like she's in pretty good spirits," her father said.

"She's been fighting the whole time. She's been strong. She's been real strong. That's what keeps us going because she's fighting and we're just there by her side," he said.

Arleen's father moved the entire family to live at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

"Over there, we're in a 10 by 10 room, all five of us," Becerra said.

Now, six months after chemo and radiation therapies in Houston, Arleen and her family are back in the Valley for the holidays.

"We didn't know what was going on, if she was going to make it, or not make it," Becerra said.

"It's just been real hard, because we don't even know the outcome yet. She could just ... it's cancer. You don't know the outcome until it happens. We're just glad that she's here with us now. Just take it day by day and just enjoy whatever time we have with her," Becerra said.

The courageous little girl fights for survival as her family holds on to hope.

Becerra said they will return to Houston after the holidays. Arleen will undergo another eight months of treatment.

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