Dancing Grannies Make Triumphant Return After Wisconsin Parade Tragedy

Betty Strang of Greenfield, Wisconsin is preparing for the anniversary of a terrible day she can neither forget nor remember.

“I don’t remember anything from that day,” said the 64-year-old.

A red colored SUV hit on Nov 21, 2021 Christmas Parade in WaukeshaWisconsin, six were killed and more than 60 others were injured, including Strang, who suffered a brain injury.

Strang was part of a dance team called the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, which lost three members that day. But he also achieved something.

“When I got home from the hospital, I know I emailed grandma to say I was home, and they were very supportive,” Strang said.

CBS News gathered some of the dancers and discovered a bond between them, almost like family.

“I knew they were all there for me,” said Janice Kramer, a member of the Dancing Grannies. “And that’s what keeps me sane.”

Fellow member Sharon Millard said she did not think they “could have done this without each other. I really don’t.”

By March this year, Dadi was practicing again. This week, they return to walk the same street same parade,

For some members like Strang, who at one point couldn’t imagine leaving home, coming out was an absolute triumph. But for all members, the parade was also a chance to send a messageā€”a message to anyone along the route who might be marching on their own return path.

Millard said, “I plan on dancing with the grandkids forever.”

Another dancer, Jan Kwiatkowski, said it was a group of “feudal ladies”.

They are feisty role models of resilience who turn out to be tougher than their fanfare.

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