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Family to host benefit for girl struck by truck

Register • Jan 10, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Family members of a toddler struck by a truck last fall are doing everything possible to pay for her medical expenses.


Emma Rader, now 21 months old, suffered three fractures to her head, two compression fractures to her vertebrae and a broken right leg. She suffered no brain damage or paralysis, but doctors had to amputate her left foot and ankle.


“She was in the hospital for nine days,” said Stacey Rader, Emma’s mother. “It wasn’t easy. We were just praying that she would be OK ”

Want to go?

WHAT: Benefit for Emma Rader’s family

WHEN: 4-9 p.m. Jan. 25

WHERE: Monroeville Knights of Columbus Hall, 131 S. Main St., Monroeville 

MORE: Call 419-465-2438

Emma was playing in the front yard outside her family’s home in Tiro, Ohio — just south of Willard — when she ran out into the road and was struck by the vehicle. She was flown by medical helicopter to a Cleveland hospital, where she underwent multiple surgeries.

Her mother describes her as a fighter.

“She is very strong and doesn’t let anything discourage her,” Stacey said. “She had three surgeries, and I’m almost certain she will require more. So far, she has a prosthetic and can walk around on her own”

Because Emma ran out into the street, the driver was not charged. As such, Emma’s parents are left paying the bills.

The Rader family is doing everything possible to get some help.

“Her grandma was putting up decorations and she ran out into the road,” said Bill Mahl, Emma’s grandfather. “It’s too bad that it happened. She took off and her grandma couldn’t catch her. The sun was setting and the driver just didn’t see her”

To help ease the financial burden for Stacey and her husband, Dean, Mahl came up with the idea of a benefit.

“They remained quite positive and are very optimistic and are doing way better than I would have” Mahl said.

The event, scheduled for later this month at the Monroeville Knights of Columbus Hall, will include a rigatoni dinner, a bake sale and a raffle. Some items being raffled off include remote control helicopters, a chair from Norwalk Furniture, single cup coffee brewers, a 50-piece BBQ chicken dinner, Toledo Mudhens and Walleye tickets, a wine gift basket and a tailgate set.

All proceeds from the event will help cover the hospital bills.

“If she can walk and there is no brain damage, her parents will be the happiest people in town,” Mahl said. “Emma is going to go on and live a normal life like any other child"

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