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July 20, 2015, Knoxville, Tennessee
On July 27th, Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee, Jenny Morton will take her very first airplane flight in her 32 years of life. She will be taking off for Des Moines, Iowa to compete in the national Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant. The competition begins as soon as all of the titleholders from each of the participating states arrive, and will culminate in the highly anticipated announcement of the new Ms. Wheelchair America.
The entire Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization would like to wish our Jenny Morton safe travels and all the best as she joins her fellow wheel sisters for what many competitors call a “life changing” event. The week is packed full of workshops, interviews with judges, and of course, fun. Jenny is “looking forward to making lifelong friends” and we know she will have no trouble doing this.
As Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee, Jenny Morton traveled across the state of Tennessee attending events and promoting the organization so that we can continue for years to come. Individuals who are interested in becoming the next Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee or would like to be involved in other ways may visit our website at www.mswheelchairtn.org or speak with the State Coordinator, Samantha at 865-441-6888.
Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee is charged with a continuing effort to educate the public regarding the dignity, productiveness and basic values of people with disabilities. She must be able to communicate both the needs and abilities of her constituency to the general public, the business community and government. Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee will have the opportunity to travel and make public appearances, and she will ultimately represent Tennessee at the Ms. Wheelchair America pageant.
Rachel is 18 years old and was born with a mitochondrial disease called pyruvate dehydrogenese complex. She currently attends Chuckey Doak High School. She likes to be out and about, is always smiling, and has a positive attitude. Rachel is from Greenville and describes herself as an angel, amazing, beautiful, engaging, and happy. Rachel would like to spread awareness about Pyruvate Dehydrogenese Complex. There is little known about this disease and education and funding is needed to help doctors with proper care and one day, find a cure.
Jenny is a proud wife and mother who lives in Columbia, Tennessee. She is an advocate at heart! Growing up with Spina Bifida and a strong support network has taught this survivor that “Everyone has their own beautiful.” Jenny currently volunteers at Maury Regional Hospital and also at the school her son attends. She is part of the District Federal Program Advisory Committee and an appointed member of the Parent Partnership group. Jenny was also involved in Partners in Policy, which is a group which works to create positive change for individuals with disabilities.
As Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee, Jenny’s goals are to encourage acceptance and education for parents with children with disabilities, to raise self-esteem of children with disabilities, and to promote People First Language.