As soon as I recovered from my illness, I had to put on weight. I weighed 95 pounds and my bones were protruding from my chest and I was extremely insecure about my body. I decided to start training with a personal trainer to put healthy weight and muscle on my body. I wanted to work with someone who understood what I had been through and could work individually with my needs.
At the same time of my recovery, a teacher from school suggested that I get into pageantry since I have a passion for helping others and enjoy public speaking. I knew I wanted to do something with my story and pageantry gave me the perfect avenue to use it to my advantage.
I competed in my first pageant 2 months after my recovery and made top 20 for the state and won Miss Photogenic, earning a $1,000 scholarship. I then continued to compete in Miss Greater San Diego Teen USA where I placed 1st runner-up, to my now best friend, Caitlin. A month later I was crowned the inaugural Miss Newport Coast Teen USA 2015 and advanced on to compete for Miss California Teen USA, placing in the top 20. I then competed in Miss Texas Teen USA 2016, and will be competing for Miss Los Angeles County Teen International at the end of January.
My platform I promote through pageantry is helping children suffering from life-threatening illnesses and being an advocate for health, well-being and never giving up. More specifically, I support Children’s Miracle Network for the Rady Children’s Hospitals around the nation. My goals are to share my story to spread positivity and hope and raise money to enable the hospital to continue providing the best care possible. I also enjoy visiting the patients and giving the kids super hero capes, so that they know they are heroes and capable of fighting any battle. Lastly, my ultimate goal for this year is to run my first half marathon in Dallas on March 19th, benefiting Children’s Miracle Network. March 19th will mark my own 2 year recovery from my illness and I hope to set an example for others, demonstrating the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Ultimately, I would love to run more half marathons around the country, all benefiting Children’s Miracle Network.