On January 23rd, I had the opportunity to speak at the ATHOMES (Association for Tennessee Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment Services) convention in Nashville. The convention gathered professionals from all over Tennessee.
It was an honor to be speaking on behalf of Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization. Since becoming involved with Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee, I have seen it flourish. So I enjoyed helping spread the organization’s mission.
During the day, I met many incredible professionals who work as medical equipment providers in our state.
I even met, and had a picture taken with, the Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey!
The possibilities that medical equipment providers offer to people with disabilities are exemplary. I am very grateful for the impact these services have had on my life.
–Ashley Grimes, Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2013 First Runner Up
The Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization is proud to announce the contestants for the upcoming crowning ceremony to be held on March 22, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in bustling downtown Knoxville, Tennessee! The following women and young ladies will be competing for the title of Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee, Junior Miss Wheelchair Tennessee, and Little Miss Wheelchair Tennessee 2014.
Amanda Northrup, of Cleveland is a mother and fitness enthusiast. She is focused on promoting health and fitness for individuals with disabilities. April Warren, of Alcoa works as a customer service representative and studies medical coding. Her goal is to advocate for access to medical care for individuals with mobility disabilities. Amanda Szidiropulosz, also of Cleveland is an elementary music teacher at Charleston Elementary school system. She would like to create a “no limits” mindset for individuals with disabilities. Kaylee Arrowood, of Johnson City is a Girl Scout, a member of her high school Sparkle squad, and does not like missing even one day of school. Kaylee wishes to educate individuals about what it is like to be an active youth with a disability. Skylar Vaughn-Hisey, of Ooltewah is a grandpa’s girl who loves sports and her music class at school. She is excited to make new friends and to be involved with the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization.
Each competitor will be interviewed by a panel of judges and participate in workshops which are both educational and fun. At the close of the evening, we will crown our new titleholders for 2014. These ladies will go on to participate in activities throughout the year which allow them to present their chosen platforms to groups across the state of Tennessee. The woman chosen to be Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee will also have the opportunity to travel to Long Beach, California this August to compete for the title of Ms. Wheelchair America 2015. It is a prestigious title and another opportunity to travel and speak on behalf of her community to promote awareness and positive change to the lives of all Americans.