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Shannon Raddin

Shannon Raddin and Jade Walcott (right and center) with their family in Ohio.
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Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse Survivor Recounts Inspiring Recovery

On an emotional level, my life is richer because of this experience. I’m stronger than I was before because of what I’ve been through. I’ve had to face challenges that the average person doesn’t have the opportunity to overcome.

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The Collapse

“My daughter is hurt!” the mother yelled, desperate. A stranger appeared and made a tourniquet for the girl, and then a woman who said she was a nurse and a man who said he was a doctor carried her away. Trust us, they said.

Indiana State Fair stage collapse
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Seeking Survivors: On Writing About the Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse

I had been going back to the night of August 13, 2011, time and time again, in quick succession. And I was shaken.

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