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A Toolkit for Survival
Krista Ryan survived the Vegas mass shooting.
And now this life coach is using that experience to help her clients overcome their own challenges.
Rochester Magazine, April 2019
As 10 p.m. approached on the night of October 1, 2017, the Route 91 Harvest Festival party was closing in on its grand finale.
Byron residents Krista Ryan and her husband Chris swayed among a sea of 22,000 other country music fans. They sang “God Bless America” in unison, cell phones held high to light an inky desert sky already glowing with the unrelenting neon of the Las Vegas strip.
As headliner Jason Aldean took the stage, Krista felt alive, electrified, utterly at peace. Five minutes later, briefly separated from Chris and the two other couples they’d traveled with, her phone died.
Five minutes after that, the shooting started.
—Maggie Ginsberg is an award-winning freelance writer in Madison, Wisconsin