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Unravel Pediatric Cancer Don’t Just Be Sorry W hen Libby and Tony Kranz of Gilroy received the news in October, 2014 that the cause of their six-year-old daughter Jennifer’s inward-turning eye was diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a cancerous brain tumor that interferes with all bodily functions, they had to find a way to navigate a life that would never be the same again. Despite seven weeks of radiation, Jennifer’s cancer spread, and hospice was their only option. The Kranz family had just three and a half 22 months left with their oldest child after diagnosis. Jennifer Lynn Kranz died at her home on February 12, 2014. Libby promised her daughter Jennifer “over and over” that she would take care of her surviving siblings, Jonathan, now 7, Nicholas, now 5, and Charlotte, now 4. (Their youngest daughter, Bridgette, 18 months, was not yet born). “Doing something about pediatric cancer was the best way I could take care of them,” Libby told TODAY. “It’s truly selfish. I’m terrified it will happen to me gmh GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JULY/AUGUST 2017 Written By Jordan Rosenfeld again, and I love getting to talk about my daughter.” For Tony, “It’s more just about keeping Jennifer’s memory alive. Beyond that I see what it does for Libby along with a ton of people who have gotten involved,” he said. Despite grief so heavy it often literally brought them to their knees, they researched how to raise funds for pediatric cancer, stumbling into shocking statistics that motivated the creation of their non-profit, Unravel