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Hometown Hero recipient: Amanda Rardon

A local frontline worker has taken her talents outside the walls of the hospital all in hopes of helping others.

Posted: Jul 26, 2021 5:13 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—Amanda Rardon has been a trauma nurse at IU Health for over ten years. Her work is being recognized by the community.

"I just feel like I am doing my job," said Rardon. 

She's carried her work outside the walls of the hospital. Earlier this year in March Amanda and her father started a grief support group in Monitcello.

It comes years after she lost her 32-year-old sister, Ashley, to a cardiac arrest on Christmas Day in 2015.

"She only lived a couple miles from me away from me so we were together all the time. We did everything together," said Rardon.

The group meets every first and third Tuesday of each month at LifeSong Church. More than a dozen people show up each meeting.

"Grief is one of those things that society doesn't understand unless you've been personally impacted and to come together with people who have had a similar journey, everybody's journey is very different," said Rardon. 

The group also caters to people who have lost someone during COVID. Amanda said she's glad she can provide a space for people to lean on each other during difficult times.

"It's enlightening and it makes you feel like you are truly not alone so we wanted to make sure that we were able to provide that service for our community," said Rardon.

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