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This Franklin woman helps parents who are grieving the loss of a child

Rosalind Cutchins
Rosalind Cutchins
Rosalind Cutchins
Rosalind Cutchins
Posted at 3:52 PM, Mar 14, 2023

FRANKLIN, Va. — Sometimes the best story ideas come from News 3 viewers.

Recently, I opened my email and found an Every Day Hero nomination.

The writer told me about a bereaved parents group in Franklin run by Rosalind Cutchins, a woman who they say offers unconditional support around the clock.

So, photojournalist Michael Woodard and I drove to Franklin to tell her story. We heard testimony from group member Jeanette Racette who told me Rosalind understands the group on a personal level.

"This group has been there for me and my husband, I don't know where we would be without it. For somebody to be there that understands your pain because Rosalind has lost a child also," said Racette.

Some members of the group joined more than a decade ago. They told me one never gets over the pain of losing a child but you learn to get through it day by day and Cutchins is the heartbeat of the support group. They said she remembers heavenly birthdays and holidays with a small gift, a hug, or a phone call.

Cutchins devotion is beyond measure, her group members said, as she puts the group's needs above her own.

Cutchins is battling cancer, but she has never missed a meeting and schedules her treatments around the needs of the group.

For those reasons, Rosalind Cutchins is this week's Every Day Hero. If you know someone special in your community who goes above and beyond to make this world a better place.

News 3 presented Rosalind with a $300 Visa gift card from our community partner Southern Bank.