After five miscarriages and several rounds of IVF, Libby Kranz and her husband finally got lucky and had a baby girl whom they named Jennifer. Their family just kept growing, until the California couple had four beautiful kids--two girls and two boys. Then tragedy struck again, when Jennifer was diagnosed with a rare, inoperable brain tumor when she was 6.
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For a year, the parents tried everything. In between chemo treatments, mother and daughter played endless games of dress-up, which included a costume jewelry ring that Kranz had found. It was covered with stones, including a row of five down the middle that Kranz would kiss and say were her five loves (her four kids and her husband).
Mother and daughter would pass the ring back and forth, each one claiming ownership for a few minutes. When the little girl died in her mother's arms, her mom buried the ring with her. "I kissed the ring and the last thing I said was, 'For my five loves--you give it to me when I see you again, Jennifer,'" Kranz told Today.com. "In my vision, the moment I died, she'd run up to me and hand it back to me."
She did regret her action, though. "You look at these things that your child touched and loved, and it brings back memories," Kranz said. "I think these mementos allow us to remember, and to pass our children on to others--to keep their memory alive."
"I know its hard to look at these kinds of pictures... But please don’t look away…This is her truth. Let it now also be yours."https://unravelpediatriccancer.org/blog/2015/07/23/were-coming/Posted by Unravel Pediatric Cancer on Tuesday, July 28, 2015
"I know its hard to look at these kinds of pictures... But please don’t look away…This is her truth. Let it now also be yours."https://unravelpediatriccancer.org/blog/2015/07/23/were-coming/
She wrote about the ring for the blog she writes for Unravel Pediatric Cancer, a nonprofit she started after Jennifer died. The post was read by a mom in Nebraska, who was touched by the story. A few months after reading it, she stumbled upon the ring at a yard sale. She bought it and mailed it to Kranz. When the California mom opened the package, the ring inside was an exact match.
Not that she's surprised. "It was her ring," said Kranz. "Jennifer was a spicy little girl. She liked to do things her way, and so somehow, she got it back to us through this complete stranger."
This is one of those beautiful stories that will stay with you for a long time. After a mom had to bury her daughter at age 6, she found some peace in a sparkly gift she received in the mail.Posted by TODAY Parents on Thursday, October 22, 2015
This is one of those beautiful stories that will stay with you for a long time. After a mom had to bury her daughter at age 6, she found some peace in a sparkly gift she received in the mail.
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