Parade welcomes back mother, daughter injured in state collapse

FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - Friends and family wrapped around the Florence Mall Sunday afternoon to show their support as two victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse arrived home.

People who know Shannon and Jade Walcott lined up with banners and signs to welcome them home. One of those people was Heidi Fore, who has been helping for weeks to help the Walcotts. Shannon doesn't have health insurance, and was in the hospital for more than 40 days.

"When we heard about what happened to Shannon and Jade, we were all in the office and we were just crying and we said we've got to do something, we can't just stand around here and cry and do nothing," said Heidi.

Shannon broke her pelvis and ribs during the collapse, and 10-year-old Jade suffered a head injury and needed emergency brain surgery that left her in a medically induced coma. Active members of the community went into action, organizing fundraisers and benefits, spreading the message of big love.

"We really wanted to give Jade a good sign of how happy we are that she's home and without over stimulating her," said Shannon's older brother, Scott Berger.

Jade's dance teacher, Kaelyn Gray, was emotional over seeing her student for the first time since the hospital.

"Right when they passed by Shannon said you're the one she's been waiting to see so that really warmed my heart to hear that because I've been waiting a really long time to see her too," she said.

Even though it only took a few minutes to drive past the Florence Mall, the image created for the Walcotts will last forever.

Jade is expected to start fifth grade later this week at River Ridge Elementary. She will need to continue wearing a neck brace through November.

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