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How a frog, a mailbox and messages connected two families

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Three and a half years ago, Diana Rae took a frog from a stranger's mailbox because of what it represented to her as her family fought cancer.

She wrote letters to the owners of the frog from the frog's perspective, chronicling her family's medical struggle.

On Nov. 12, the frog mysteriously reappeared, and for the first time, the letter writer and letter receiver came face to face.

Elizabeth Aragon received and read the letters she couldn't respond to.

"I didn't know who it was, but it was another human being and they poured out everything," said Aragon.

To add to the mystery, the sister, brother and father fighting cancer were never identified to Aragon.

While the letters touched Aragon's hands, the frog touched hands as well – doctors', nurses' and oncologists'.

"[I did it] to bring some joy into the household during a difficult situation," said Rae. "The idea itself was just out of character for me."

Aragon read the letters to her sons, including one that explained Diana's sister had died.

Rae got to meet Aragon for the first time recently, and Aragon says she's number-dated every letter.

"It just became a part of us, you know?" said Aragon. "I had a connection with whoever was on the other side."

"I've been sick since 1998, and I don't get out of the house much at all, so it was kind of like a therapy to me, and I thought, ‘I'm sick, but there's always gonna be sicker,'" said Aragon.

Fittingly, the Aragons turned the letter writing tables on Rae, sharing a letter with her as she shared with them.

The strangers are now forever connected by a frog, a mailbox and the messages found in both.

Rae's brother and father continue their battles with cancer, and the letters she wrote have been compiled in a book appropriately called The Frog Letters.

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