Published: December 22, 2008
Mary Ellen Boomhower pushes her grandaughter, Hannah Zagotti (age 1) through Kranyak's Christmas display in Hermitage. "I brought my kids here when they were little," says Boomhower, "Its a real treat to bring the little-er ones." "This is my gift to see all this," says Boomhower who was blind for eleven years before a surgery 19 years ago brought her eyesight back, "it surely is." Diabetes once robbed the grandmother of her sight and the illness continues to threaten her as she waits for a kidney transplant.