As my year closes on April 23rd, 2011 with the crowning of the new Ms. Wheelchair Alabama 2011 I reflect on the lessons I've learned, the new relationships built, and the new goals that will take me into my future. I will forever remain Ms. Wheelchair Alabama 2010. I have met a great many people this year. Some have taught me how to be a better advocate. Some have just been my friend. Some have let me be of service to them and have touched my life in ways words could not describe. I look forward to my continued commitment to a life of service to others for I have found my niche in life and it enlightens me daily.
Thank you to all who supported me, sponsored me and just cared for me . Thank you for believing in me.
Keep an eye out for more of what is in store. I have projects in the works and I hope to continue to advocate in Washington, D.C. for complex rehab technology, the Community Choice Act, and other legistlation important to the independence and achievements of those with disabilities. Remember.... Together Everyone Achieves More.!!!
What an AWESOME experience. It truly was a once in a lifetime event that I will remember for the rest of my life. I can only compete ONCE. 28 States were represented this year and we were all WINNERS. Only one incredible woman could be chosen to represent America and Ms. Wheelchair Noth Carolina, Alexandra MacArthur was chosen to be the titleholder. I had the pleasure of having her on my team for our scavenger hunt on day one. I immediately got to know what a wonderful person she is.
I made so many friends during the event. I look forward to seeing them again very soon. I am planning to attend the Abilities Expo in Atlanta, Georgia in October and I am sure I will see some of them there.
Thank you to all the people that believed in me and supported me through the fundraising, the shopping, the craziness of preparing my speech and presentations for judging. God Bless you all. Without your support, I would not have made it.
To my family whom I love so much. Thank you for encouraging me to be what God wants me to be - an Advocate, a teacher, but most important a mother that can be proud of who she is inside and out. I will continue to build a legacy for my daughter to remember and live by.
I am back home in Alabama with so much that I want to accomplish. I have started classes for my BS in Elementary Education at Athens State University. I am still working on my nonprofit efforts for the Abilities Council, and I am still a Girl Scout and Girl Scout Volunteer.
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My daughter and I had a wonderful time walking for Autism. We raised $240 and our team members raised their own amounts too. Cathy's teachers and principal walked with us to fight Autism. There was a huge gala of booths and Moon bounces and craft booths for the kids. Face painting too!
Thank you to all the sponsors and all the hard working volunteers for your tireless efforts to make this event wonderfully successful.
Watch the local news stations for coverage. waaytv.com or waff48.com