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Parade rains on an old story

Dorothy Ridgway was nine in 1960 when wire services reported that she was dying of a rare bone disease and that her only wish was for Christmas cards: a kindly world sent 600,000 of them within weeks. This year Parade, the ubiquitous (circ. 22 million) Sunday newspaper supplement, decided to visit Dorothy, now 31 and alive after all. The portrait in the Dec. 19 issue was vivid down to the last teardrop: Freelance Writer Dotson Rader found Dorothy, stunted and virtually housebound, living with her parents in Roanoke, Va., sustained by memories, dreams and a disability...

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