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Survivor of R.I. nightclub fire delivers message of hope

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A Massachusetts man severely injured in a 2003 Rhode Island nightclub fire is giving a message of hope to other burn survivors. The Providence Journal reported that Joe Kinan, who has had more than 120 surgeries including a hand transplant a year ago, told burn survivors and health professionals Thursday that he is engaged to be married to another burn survivor he met at a World Burn Congress six years ago in Vancouver. Kinan, 44, popped the question to Carrie Pratt on the anniversary of their meeting. Burn survivors spoke at the Rhode Island Convention Center about the emotional challenges of finding love and building relationships. The Station nightclub fire in West Warwick killed 100 people.

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