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Frankie Conar - Helping to Heal Hurting Hearts

The bonds of love that connect parents to their child is strong, and often forms long before a baby's birth.

In some cases, mothers and fathers never get the chance to watch their children grow.  To help ease the crippling blow, a Cleveland woman dedicates her time.. creating memory boxes for bereaved families.

We meet our Pay it Forward nominator outside the Cleveland YMCA, just minutes from this week's cash gift recipient.

Jane Finch described her friend, Frankie Conar, who makes keepsakes for grief-stricken families.

Frankie donates her hand-painted memory boxes to hospitals like Skyridge Medical Center in Cleveland. She  hopes parents who must live with the loss of a child find comfort in its contents. The intricate and unique boxes can contain a hospital bracelet, blanket and clothes in which the child would have been carried home.

Frankie likes to remain anonymous. But, once she contacted by a grieving mother who said although the memory box was difficult to see initially, it had since become one of her most cherished possessions.


Janie finally got the chance to Pay it Forward.  We followed Jane to Frankie's home.

A surprise and grateful Frankie said the money would go to continue buying, painting and donating memory boxes.
Frankie Conar - Helping to Heal Hurting Hearts

Saturday, August 3 2013, 05:35 PM EDT

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