Francie's son, Joshua Bennett Paul, was born with with Severe Complex Congenital Heart Disease. Like many parents in her position, she became very angry and once the dust settled we considered litigation as a course of action. After meeting with high-profile medical-malpractice attorneys in Chicago Francie and her husband decided that this route was clearly not for them. In the elevator on the way out of one of the attorney’s offices they called Brian’s (her husband) corporate attorney to find out how to start a Public Charity. They felt channeling their energy into something positive instead of something negative (like litigation) would be much healthier and fulfilling way for them to focus their efforts. Francie is now the Chairman of the Board and President of the Saving tiny Hearts Society. Since 2006, the Saving tiny Hearts Society (StHS) has been working to fulfill its mission of raising seed money for grossly under-funded, lifesaving grass roots research of congenital heart defects (CHD's). This seed funding acts as a bridge for this research to millions of dollars of extramural funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH) or other outside funding. To date the StHS has raised over Eight Hundred Thousand dollars and funded five (5) research projects. They are proud to say that they have never had a paid employee and their organization and board of directors’ has always functioned with only volunteers who share the passion for helping to extend the lives of those children born with congenital heart defects.