Jo Ann started a non-profit organization to support homicide survivors. She named it The Laurie Ann Foundation. "If I can lift one person's heart for a second, then by all means I would do that. It honors my daughter more than anything I could ever do to honor her," Jo Ann
Cindy, Jo Ann's oldest daughter, is pregnant and will soon deliver Jo Ann's first grandchild. "Ten years ago, I didn't even want to get up out of bed, and now I'm so excited about it," Jo Ann says. "My granddaughter's going to be born exactly 20 years to the day that my daughter, Laurie Ann, was murdered."
Jo Ann shares a message with Dr. Phil. "We had just a brief moment that we met, and yet in that brief moment, you changed my life so tremendously," she says.
"That's it. That was my intention," she says.
"We didn't know that, and you scared the bejeebers out of us when you said that, because that would have been such a tragic disservice," Dr. Phil says. "You have so much to offer to the world, and you have contributed so much to the world in these last 10 years. You've raised awareness. You've helped people who have been through the same situation, and it's made a huge, huge, difference, and I'm proud of you for that."
"Thank you," Jo Ann says.
Jo Ann's granddaughter is due in April, and Dr. Phil tells her that Bel Bambini of Beverly Hills is giving her an eco-conscious, non-toxic Cariboo bassinet filled with baby gifts for her first grandbaby.
"That is so sweet," Jo Ann says. "Thank you." In a low voice, fighting back tears, she continues. "You ar
"You blessed us all that day," Dr. Phil tells her.