FOR RELEASE: September 2005
CONTACT: Amy Racina, (707) 433-6686, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeanne House email@example.com
Katrina Survivors Inspire Inner Strength
In the wake of hurricane Katrina, survival is a topic that
is on the minds of many. Tales of generosity, determination
and courage in the face of the devastating storm inspire
our compassion and encourage us to do what we can to help
the victims. Concern for the people impacted by Katrina also
becomes a personal consideration. How would we and our neighbors
fare if such a tragedy should engulf our own neighborhoods?
What would each of us do if faced with such extreme circumstances?
Would we find the strength that is needed to survive the
unsurvivable? These are the questions that we ponder as we
read of the devastation brought about by hurricane Katrina.
In August of 2003, Amy Racina faced just such a life and
death disaster. An unexpected 60 foot fall during a routine
hiking holiday in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains
left her stranded in a ravine in deep wilderness, both legs
badly broken, with little hope of rescue.
Her new book, Angels
in the Wilderness: The True Story of One Woman’s
Survival Against All Odds (Elite Books,
October 2005, $25 www.AngelsInTheWilderness.com) is the saga
of her devastating fall and her remarkable journey towards
salvation and recovery. For four days and nights, utterly
alone in a remote area of the wilderness, with both legs
shattered, Amy clung tenaciously to life, battling pain,
fear and exhaustion, pulling herself along with her hands
and refusing to give up even though her chances of salvation
The book tells the story of her miraculous rescue, heard
by chance by a passing hiker, and airlifted out 24 hours
later, dangling fearfully from two straps high above the
ravine where she had fallen. Her remarkable tale continues
as her communities rally around her, and she fights to learn
to walk once again.
Angels is a fascinating tale, a true-life
lesson in faith, endurance, determination and survival. It
is an inspiration to many, and motivates others to survive
whatever circumstances might befall them; a sudden fall,
a torrential hurricane, an automobile accident, or some unknown
and unexpected circumstance.