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Miss Wheelchair Louisiana 2024 talks about her reign and heads to Michigan to compete for the national title

Miss Wheelchair Louisiana 2024 talks about her reign and heads to Michigan to compete for the national title

Miss Wheelchair Louisiana 2024 talks about her reign and heads to Michigan to compete for the national title

ABBEVILLE, Louisiana. (KLFY)– Abbeville native Justina Plowden said her life changed dramatically when she lost her ability to walk following a car accident in October 2011. She said there were times when she wanted to give up on life, until she discovered the Miss Wheelchair Pageant.

“I met Miss Wheelchair in 2014,” Plowden said. “It was a support event. It gave me a chance to talk about some of the things I experienced, as my injury was so fresh and recent.”

From there, Plowden said, he created the nonprofit, We importwhich focuses on achieving policy changes to ensure that caregivers and members of the disability community have all the resources they need to live a full quality of life.

“Transportation is a very serious issue,” Plowden said. “I will continue to meet with all policy makers to ensure these issues are addressed.”

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Plowden said she decided to run for Miss Wheelchair Louisiana last year. After interviewing for months, she was selected as Miss Wheelchair in November 2023 and was crowned in January 2024.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to inspire just one person, even if I’m just making a change in one person’s life, that’s all that matters,” Plowden said. “With the efforts they’ve been pushing, especially for members of the disabled community, I feel like now is the time to be able to represent my state in such a beautiful way.”

Plowden will travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in August, where she will compete to become the next Miss Wheelchair USA. In addition to the competition, Plowden said she is also studying law at Southern University and is scheduled to graduate in September.

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