Tag: Ms. Wheelchair
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 6, 2015) — Pockets on the backside of pants are useless for people who sit in a wheelchair all day. And low-waist jeans can be uncomfortably tight and, even worse, an embarrassment when exposing skin.
Almost 18 years after a devastating car accident that changed her life, Jaime Smitherman is using her personal tragedy to empower others disabled by injuries.
Smitherman was a 16-year-old cheerleader and honor student at Boaz High School when the accident occurred. The summer before her senior year, she and a friend were driving down Martling Road toward the Asbury community when their car went off one of the infamous double bridges into the creek below. Smitherman survived the accident but suffered a broken neck and spinal cord injury leaving her permanently paralyzed from the chest down.
Jenni Taylor, 24, of Minnetonka, is the reigning Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota. A quadriplegic after a car accident, she speaks to kids with a message of not being afraid of people in wheelchairs.
Jenni Taylor isn’t supposed to be able to sit up without support, but there she is, exquisitely balanced on the edge of her bed.
She isn’t supposed to be able to breathe without her ventilator either, but a slip of her breathing tube once forced her to try contracting her throat muscles just enough to bring in some air until someone heard the alarm.
She isn’t supposed to be a quadriplegic, either. Who is? But accidents happen.
Wheelchair Users Say Paraplegic Action Movie Character Inaccurate, but Uplifting
Like others who flocked to see the blockbuster movie “Avatar,” 26-year-old Santina Muha was thrilled by the visuals.
But unlike the majority of people in the theatre, she wasn’t just imagining life on the distant moon Pandora. She was vicariously living the fantasy of regaining the use of her legs.
“The scene where the character goes from his wheelchair into his ‘avatar,’ where he’s walking and playing basketball, it was really touching,” said Muha, who had a spinal cord injury in a car accident at age 5.
Jannette Saxton, Ms. Wheelchair Washington 2009 became the first runner up at the 2010 Ms. Wheelchair America pageant, held Aug. 29 in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Her dedication to getting on with it – her work as a civilian mobilization and deployment specialist for the U.S. Army, life with a disability, her determination to serve as a role model for others – helped earn the 31-year-old Lakewood woman her state title in February and allowed her to compete for the crown of Ms. Wheelchair America.
Santina Muha not only rolls like a celebrity, she is a celebrity! She also plays an active role in the disability community. Santina is a guest writer on the EasyStand Blog, read some of her posts. I was inspired by her words, “There are people out there doing amazing things, and I believe we should all be recognized for our efforts, no matter what our abilities.”
“There are people out there doing amazing things, and I believe we should all be recognized for our efforts, no matter what our abilities.”
On Friday, April 17, Santina Muha, a T-11 paraplegic, was named Ms. Wheelchair New Jersey 2009, also making her eligible to compete in the Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant held in South Dakota this week!
A diverse group of women from 27 states — college students, volunteers, office workers, grandmothers — will gather in Rapid City this week to compete for the national Ms. Wheelchair America title.
The 37th annual pageant will be at Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn. In 2000, the national winner was Tracy Charlton-O’Conner, whose parents, Terry and Karen Charlton, live in Rapid City.
This year’s winner will succeed the reigning Ms. Wheelchair America Michelle Colvard, who is the executive director of the City of Houston’s Office for People with Disabilities.