In May of 2008, at just 13 months old, she was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. Less than 24 hours after her diagnosis, she passed away.
While she was in the hospital, her parents had to purchase books from the gift shop to read to her. They started Abby's Book Corner to make sure other parents had a way to comfort their children.
"We wanted to do something that was our normal routine, just for us and for her; something to kind of take us away from this horrific nightmare that we were experiencing," Mary Kearney said.