My personal experience with stroke evolved from my dad, who became a victim and survivor of a devastating stroke in May of 2010. My dad, who at the age of 54, became disabled because of the severity of his stroke. It has left him with total left side paralysis, aphasia, as well as difficulty with daily tasks and needing around the clock care. It is because of this experience and being his caregiver, legal guardian, and daughter, that I decided to make a difference and do my part to end stroke!!
I began a journey in the Miss America Organization where I was able to heighten the awareness and prevention of stoke as my personal platform. I won the 2013 Miss Coulee Region pageant, and was able to advance to the Miss Wisconsin scholarship pageant later that year. Here, I shared on a state level, information on stroke, my personal experience, as well as how to Act F.A.S.T. I spent a full year dedicating myself to the benefit of others by attending local support groups, taking initiative by talking to state representatives and senators, organizing and hosting the 2013 "Strokes For Stroke" golf scramble, along with meeting some inspiring survivors and families along the way.
I have dedicated not only my personal goals towards advocating for stroke awareness and prevention, but I have also dedicated my educational and soon to be professional goals toward being an advocate,and ensuring 100% of individuals are able to recognize the signs and symptoms of stoke, and to Act F.A.S.T!!! As a college student pursuing a degree in Community Health Education, with a minor in Advocacy Communications, I am hoping to make a career by doing something I am passionate about, while being able to serve others in a positive way.
I am honored to be a part of the 2014 National Stroke Association triathlon team, and I fully look forward to representing the victims, survivors, caregivers and families who have all been effected by stroke. I will embark on this adventure with the greatest of enthusiasm, the utmost of pride, and the ability to one day, bring stroke to an end.