I recently asked a friend on Facebook if I could borrow a picture of her son to do a layout with. Being a photographer, I thought the picture was amazing. It is the layout Serenity,..the young boy on the horse. I posted the layout in my gallery and tagged it to her page as well. She loved it! She gave me the nicest compliments, then sent me a message to my inbox. What I read in that message was the most incredible words I have ever read.
She has a friend whose son Anthony B. Franko (pictured in this layout at age 10) was abducted on Mother's Day in 1983. He has never been found. Her message was a request for me to do a layout,..getting the word out,..spreading his face once again near and far,..over a new medium...in the hopes that somehow, somewhere he might see it and find his way home.
Being a Mother myself,..I cried reading her heartfelt message to me, as I am crying now writing this post.
I can't even begin to fathom the pain in losing a child this way....or to have to bear this misery for more than 20 years. My heart goes out to this Mother for her strength and her unwillingness to give up Hope.
It is my sincerest Hope that somewhere in this big world Tony or someone that knows him can see this layout and be returned where he belongs,...Home! This layout is traveling the internet from blogs , to websites, and being printed to be posted in stores,..rodeos and in every place that people think Tony may see it.
I am so honored to be a part of this effort to reunite Tony with his family. I will never forget this feeling in my heart right now or take for granted the people that I reach with my craft.
If you have any information about Tony or his whereabouts ,...please contact