The only reason Tracy Frank's young daughter Hadley is still alive is because of a stranger's quick thinking.
An army paramedic who happened to be on the road that day in 2012 cut Hadley out of her car seat after an accident killed Hadley's father, Frank's ex.
"She's still here," Frank says, holding back tears that come when she remembers that fateful accident. Between her ex-husband's death and their divorce two years earlier, "I've definitely been through most of the hardest things that adults can go through in their life in the span of about four years."
When life gets hard, Frank turns to her alter ego, Rosy Glow, a fire performer who wows crowds with her abilities to spin, twirl and hula-hoop with flames. She says she loves "hooping" the most because it still scares her.
"I started hooping at home because it was something I could do with Hadley there, too, which is why I say hooping changed my life," Frank tells Riverfront Times videographer Tony Barsanti. "I was pretty sad, you know, pretty lonely. It was something I started doing that got me back to life."Watch Frank talk about her love for hooping and fire-spinning, goals for her future and the accident that claimed her ex-husband's life but spared her child:
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