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Miss Wheelchair Nebraska: Creating a Support System for Other Wheelchair Users
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Miss Wheelchair Nebraska: Creating a Support System for Other Wheelchair Users

The current Miss Wheelchair Nebraska, Aubrey Freeze, is leaving no stone unturned in a bid to provide a much-needed support system for wheelchair users. Realizing that she failed to find someone to talk to and a much-needed mentor, Freeze wants to ensure that other people do not face exactly the same problem.

Living in Gothenburg, Freeze was only 17 when she was in a car accident that made her realize that she wasn't as invincible as she thought. She recalls lying in a field in January, unable to feel her legs. The accident left her paralyzed from the waist down.

"I have a T-10 spinal cord injury, which means I have no movement or feeling," Freeze said.

In order to accept the fact that her injury was perpetual, Freeze visited Denver-based Craig Hospital where she discovered her new life that involves using a wheelchair, at least until a wonderworking medical intervention takes place.

As expected, Freeze felt sad and isolated after the accident. She was living in Gothenburg at the time and there weren't too many wheelchair users, particularly women wheelchair users in the city. But much to her relief, Freeze realized it is possible to navigate life even as an individual using a wheelchair.

Currently living in Clay Center with her sons Bentley and Waylon, and husband Andrew, Freeze is serving as Miss Wheelchair Nebraska. She received a call from a lady from the national organization who asked if she'd fancy representing Miss Wheelchair Nebraska as they were searching for a title holder, and a state program wasn't available.

The Miss Wheelchair Nebraska hasn't been held by anyone for several years, and Freeze is set on giving this opportunity a kick start again. After holding the Miss Wheelchair Nebraska title, Freeze plans to be the state coordinator for Nebraska. "I will be working to find someone for next year to be the title holder," she added.

Freeze, who is Miss Wheelchair Nebraska 2019 says she wants to campaign for people who use wheelchairs while taking her positive message to school-going children. She recently visited a school where children asked her honest questions about what it's like to be in a wheelchair that adults sometimes don't have the courage to.

The children have an inquisitive mind, and they do not find it hard to accept differences, Freeze noted. Her goal is to be a person wheelchair users can comfortably talk to, and find some help as well as comfort. She wants them to realize that life can be maneuvered even with a disability, as they can still have a career and a family like everyone else.

In fact, Freeze says she knows wheelchair users who travel the world and lead an adventurous lifestyle. If you are interested in holding Miss Wheelchair Nebraska 2020 title or want to contact Aubrey Freeze, you can email her at mwcnebraska2019@gmail.com or call her at (308) 529-3627.

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