'Miss Wheelchair Florida' aims to raise awareness of disability - FOX 13 News

'Miss Wheelchair Florida' aims to raise awareness of disability issues

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LAKELAND (FOX 13) -

You have undoubtedly heard of Miss America, but have you heard of Miss Wheelchair Florida? It is being held in Kissimmee the first weekend in April and a Tampa Bay woman is coordinating it.

Five years ago, Shari Wilson-Williams won the title herself. Now, she is helping other women who are confined to wheelchairs to compete.

When Wilson-Williams was a child she, was struck down by a muscle disease that took away her ability to walk on her own.

"Something in me said, 'I am not going to be a vegetable. I do have things I want to accomplish in life,' " she said.

She went on to graduate from USF, get married and currently holds down a full-time job.

"She is an inspiration," Deodat Jhoda, a co-worker, said.

The pageant looks for the most articulate spokeswoman for disability issues. The winner of the state competition goes onto the national pageant.

For more information, go to www.mswheelchairfl.org

 

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