Just last Saturday April 1st, I Whitney Ford of Huntsville Alabama was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Alabama – America 2017 and it’s still feels mostly surreal. So thankful for my Brother “in Law” Christian being willing to drive me my sisters, and y mom down to Oxford, Alabama for the pageant as well as my aunt Tanna King who came out to support me in the pageant. I prayed, fasted, and worked on as to what my platform would be and by the grace of God I was crowned. Despite of any doubts I had God kept this scripture in my heart.
“Whoever watches the wind will not plant;
whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.“ – Ecclesiastes 11:4
If we are too focused on circumstances, they will handicap us ( pun intended) from actually putting forth effort to reach our goals. what we call a “handicap” is not a handicap. To stand still and let our circumstances rule us is a handicap. We must prioritize ourselves over disability and circumstance.
Before the state pageant I was trying to get fundraising and I reached out to several fast food restaurants and got the run around from many of them. Luckily when I decided to reach out to Chic Fil A on University Drive here in Huntsville, Alabama the lovely Ms. Jessie Harris was very warm and helped me schedule a Spirit Night at their store for today April 6th. From 4-7 pm today people came out to support and 10% off the proceeds were donated. I am very appreciative of Ms. Harris and the team for helping me to make this night a success. I am also very appreciative of all those who came out and supported.
There were many others whom I did not manage to snap pictures with who were a great help to today’s fundraiser like my coordinator Joanne Pearson who came by just before a meeting to support me, Cassidy Geborkoff, My aunts Letosha and Jennifer and the adolescent youth leader at my church, Shalonda and my parents. Aside from those whom I invited there were many kind individuals I met including the sweetest little young man whom I sadly didn’t get a picture of who told me ” you look like a Queen. ” His mommy and daddy were kind enough to make a donation today. I also met the family of a young lady whom I will have the chance to network with in the future. Today was the first of many new experiences for me. I cannot wait to do more fundraising toward Nationals in August and speaking for the cause of Ability Equality in Alabama. I’m well pleased with the experience I had today and excited for what is to come. I know that this the tip of the Ice berg.
Ms. Wheelchair Alabama – America 2017