Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant Focuses on Achievement

The title-holder will advocate for the more than 54 million Americans living with disabilities.
3:00 | 07/19/13

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I never thought I would do that like every young girl Haley Cornelius grew up adoring the crowns -- gallons of beauty pageant at as the wind coming here I was allowed to stay out. Past -- during -- -- here but to watch at Miss America with mom. -- accident left her partially paralyzed and dependent on the wheelchair I was injured when I was fourteen I don't have boating accident. Where high -- and empire sites back. Her journey has come with plenty of challenges she is -- natural knack for this days she was crowned -- wheelchair Texas 2013. In her first pageant. It's a unique opportunity to you. Really relate to each other and -- you don't get to do on a daily basis pales predecessor Angela Rickles -- with -- wheelchair Texas in 2000 -- -- Now she's organizing pageant for -- wheelchair America. All of these women most likely in their careers and on a day to -- basis they're not surrounded by other women who look like them. And -- to have -- women from coast to coast you use wheelchairs and have a life very similar to theirs to very filling experience. The winner will serve -- national spokesperson for people with disabilities. Contestants ranged from ages 21 to sixty and will be judged in three categories. A personal interview an extemporaneous question. And -- platform speaks through leadership workshops and mentoring events the women are sharpening their advocacy skills and building a sisterhood. Values -- hopes to pass on. That real beauty is not measured by the number of heads you turn. But by the number of heart. You touch. I'm kind of embracing some disabled pride and I'm not -- self conscious about that wheelchair. Off learning involving -- Death. And stronger now -- it.

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