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Leaving, but not letting go: Family struggles as severely disabled teen prepares to go for needed help

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HACKENSACK, N.J. — Seventeen-year-old Rebecca Singer is moving out this month, leaving for a school in the hills of Pennsylvania.

“I’ve never been so sad about anything in my entire life,” said her father, Jon Singer.

Rebecca has disabilities caused by a genetic abnormality and severe autism. After years of therapy and special classes, the Tenafly, N.J., teen entered a clinical trial last year of a drug that her parents prayed would ease her symptoms — and provide hope to…

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