The 2015 M
s. Wheelchair USA Pageant will be held on July 18, at Cuyahoga Falls High School.
MC Mobility Systems is proud to sponsor contestant, Dianna Warren. A native of Canton, Ohio, Dianna was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) at 6 years old. She has spent most of her life confined to a wheelchair. Although Dianna’s mobility is hindered, her spirit is not.
“I’m thankful for the life I was given,” Dianna says. “I feel good when someone says that I inspired and motivated them.”
Inspiring, indeed. Dianna has competed in the Ms. Wheelchair USA Pageant five times since 1999. In May, she was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Northeast USA, thus qualifying her to compete again in July for the title of Ms. Wheelchair USA 2015. Dianna uses the pageant as an opportunity to promote her platform: My Ability Is Stronger Than My Disability. She wants to share her success story in hopes of discrediting the stereotypes often given to people with disabilities.
“The most important thing is to have a positive attitude,” Dianna says. “That’s what will get you through everything in life.”
In her free time, Dianna is a secretary for a local bowling league for people with disabilities, where she oversees ten teams of bowlers and manages the league’s finances. She is also responsible for distributing awards at the end of the season and planning the annual celebration party. When she is not acting as the bowling league secretary, Dianna volunteers her time to various organizations, helping others and sharing her story. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and family.
Dianna will travel to Cuyahoga Falls on Monday, July 13, with the other pageant contestants to participate in a week of activities and preparation. The live competition will be held Saturday, July 18, at 7:30 pm. Although Diana feels blessed for the opportunity to represent Northeast Ohio in pursuit of the crown, it is the women she gets to meet that make the pageant experience so enjoyable.
“My favorite part is meeting the other contestants and hearing their stories and accomplishments,” she says.
Although Dianna credits a lot of her self-confidence to her involvement with the pageant, she has a piece of advice for able-bodied and disabled women everywhere:
“Don’t give up. You will have good days and bad days, but you have to believe in yourself.”
To learn more about Dianna and her journey, follow her on Facebook.
About The Pageant: Presented by The Dane Foundation, Ms. Wheelchair USA’s mission is to promote glamour, self-confidence, and community service while celebrating the achievements of women with disabilities. The pageant was founded more than 17 years ago as a state competition in Ohio. Its appeal prompted women from all over the country to come watch, inspiring the expansion to a national competition. Today, Ms. Wheelchair USA is one of only two pageants in the country for women with disabilities.
To learn more about Ms. Wheelchair USA, visit the website.