Sharyn Mayer…..my two cents
Save my grandchildren — — — — — — — — — Fran Manhoff of north suburban Chicago is doing something totally uncharacteristic. Not that taking matters into her own hands is uncharacteristic for this woman, but in this case, she is relinquishing some privacy and exposing a part of her life to help her older son and his children.
She has started a website: www.savemygrandchildren.com in an effort to tell her story, hopefully raise some money for legal help and show support and try to help other families going through the same thing.
Three of her eight grandchildren are not in her life, nor her son’s ‘” his ex-wife, part of a family that is wealthy and well connected is determined to keep her children from their father and ruin his mental, emotional and physical health in the process.
The battle has been ongoing for years; the ex-wife, a documented alcoholic devastated by the loss of her privileged lifestyle because her husband became too ill to work, has tormented Manhoff through their divorce and well after, continuing to this very day.
This grieving grandmother has stood by her son’s side in an effort to help ‘” the family has gone through numerous attorneys, hundreds of thousands of dollars and a ton of pain.
They have contacted talk shows, politicians, family practice counselors and legal agencies, pleading for a morsel of help. It appears that the old adage, “money talks” is true. Because of the power, money and prominence her son’s former inlaws have, he is fighting an unwinnable battle.
The last resort and only hope Manhoff has at this point is to try and raise money for a legal team equal to that of her grandchildren’s mother. She does this along with the intention of raising awareness to this issue (because it is not hers alone) and to help other families around the country going through this torture. She says, “even if each person reading about us donated $1, I would be grateful beyond words. I just want to get my grandchildren back into our loving arms where they belong.”
“Part of us is missing,” says Manhoff ‘” “we are not whole”. She and her son long to be reunited once again and for all time with the three children they love with all of their heart.
For parents and grandparents reading this blog, who know how much the children in their lives mean to them and how painful their absence would be, take a look at her website and spread the word.