What Steven Stover went through was literally hell and back. It’s amazing enough his body is healing but almost beyond belief that his spirit, strength and character are not only still intact, but more intense than ever.
This is one courageous, deeply grateful and caring man.
Here’s the bottom line: One day we will ALL have sudden, life-changing challenges to face. I can only hope to deal with mine with the grace, compassion and courage shown by Steve.
Thanks, Steve, for trusting Growing Bolder and me to tell your story!
It was August 13, 2011 at the Indiana State Fair. Sara Bareilles had just finished her set and Sugarland was due any moment. A storm that seemed to come out of nowhere sent winds whipping up to 70 miles per hour. Then the unthinkable. The entire stage structure collapsed. Seven died. 58 were injured, none worse than spotlight operator Steven Stover.
In his first interview since the tragedy, Stover explains why he’ll never be the same, and why under the circumstances, that’s just fine with him.