A Parent's Love

A parent's love for his or her children is unlike anything else. For some parents, that love lasts for decades; for others it may be cut tragically short. In either case, that love can make parents move mountains for their children.

Jenna Hinman was one such parent. After difficulty in conceiving, Jenna and her husband, U.S. Army Sgt. Brandon Hinman, were thrilled to find Jenna was pregnant, but at 30 weeks Jenna went into premature labor and doctors rushed to deliver her twins via emergency cesarean section, according to Syracuse.com. The surgery was a success and the twins went into neonatal care. However, the operation revealed that Jenna suffered from a rare form of placental cancer, choriocarcinoma. Two months later, after rounds of chemotherapy and a medically induced coma, Jenna died of complications from the disease. Her particular form of cancer is incredibly rare, appearing in just 2-7 out of 100,000 pregnancies in America, with just a 20 to 30 percent chance of survival for the children. Jenna's children beat the odds, however, and as of today are both healthy and cancer-free. Read her full obituary here.

Stephen Schleis spent decades moving mountains for his family, despite having broken his back serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In his obituary from 2009, Schleis is remembered as a tireless provider for his family, working two factory jobs to put food on the table, food that he always made a point of serving to himself last. Even as he battled Parkinson's disease, Schleis took up painting to give his children and grandchildren paintings to remember him by. He is also remembered for his love of that favorite family holiday, Christmas. Read more about Stephen Schleis' remarkable life and devotion to family in his obituary and leave a message in his guestbook.