FreedomWand Supports Ms. Wheelchair Michigan 2016 February 22 2016

We are happy to be supporting Ms. Wheelchair Michigan this Past Saturday at the Frontline Bible Church of Byron Center!

Ms. Wheelchair America is not a contest to select the most attractive individual, it is a competition based on advocacy, achievement, communication, and presentation to select the most accomplished and articulate spokesperson for people with disabilities. Ms. Wheelchair America’s duties include promoting awareness of the need to eliminate architectural and attitudinal barriers by doing radio, print, and TV interviews.

The mission of the Ms. Wheelchair America is to provide opportunity for women who happened to be in a wheelchair to successfully educate and advocate for the 54 million Americans who live with disabilities.

The five nominees for the 2016 Ms. Wheelchair Michigan were:

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Marji Harkema

 "If you always do what you've always done, you've always get what you have. "

Her accident on January 2, 2012, that took both of her legs and changed her life forever. She has kept a positive attitude and a positive outlook on life. Graduating from Michigan State University and currently working at Citibank. She enjoys taking care of her multiple pets including a dog, 2 cats, 3 frogs, and fish. 

Anna Holly

"I can't stand, but I standout, and I'll always do it with Grace"

At fourteen months Anna was stuck by a stray bullet that left her paralyzed. Faced with a life of disadvantages she overcame her obstacle and excelled in school. She also got married and welcomed her first child Jan. 30, 2015. Currently working towards her bachelor's degree and plans to start her own business in the near future.  

Ashley Monford

"Prove yourself to others!"

She enjoys helping people with challenges and doesn't let her disability of cerebral palsy slow her down. Her biggest challenge she faces is trying to get her children back from CPS. She has attended Penn Foster College to train service dogs and Ashford University for business. Currently, attends Toledo School of Law and is working towards being an advocate for the disabled parents who are facing difficult changes in their life.

Sue Raimer

"It is what it is - roll with it"

While building her home with her husband in 1988, Sue fell 6.5 feet completely severing her spinal cord. Their four children were the between 9.5 months and 7 years. She has not allowed this to stop her, she continues to be involved in her grand children's activities and numerous positions in her church. In December 1989, she started building her business as a Mary Kay consultant and in the last 8 years she has been in the top 4 for sales in her unit. Sue and George will celebrate 38 years of marriage in July.

Jamie Spore (MICHIGAN WINNER)

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Caption:Ms.Wheelchair 2015 Kristen(left); Jamie Spore(right)

"Once you choose hope, anything is possible." --Christopher Reeve 

Born with Spina Bifida Myelomeningocele, she has overcome dozens of surgeries and on going health problems. She lives independent,actively participates in community organizations and her church. Graduated from West Shore Community College with an Associate of Arts Degree in Medical Office Information Systems. She shared how the power of power of hope can enpower others and help people get through life's challenges. 

If you wish to learn more about Ms. Wheelchair America, visit their website at www.Mswheelchairamerica.org