BYRON CENTER, Mich. (WZZM) - A new Miss Wheelchair Michigan will be crowned Saturday right here in West Michigan.
Stephanie Deible promises not to cry when she passes her crown to Miss Wheelchair Michigan 2013. "I don't think before my reign, I would've done half the stuff that I did. But for me, it was about challenging myself to do new things."
After all, she says she's had her fun this year. She's met many new people, tried skiing and skydiving, and most importantly, advocated her passion for creating a more disability-friendly world.
"A wheelchair isn't going to stop me from accomplishing what I want to accomplish." She made that clear when she called us in June 2011. That's when Stephanie told us her story of what she calls, one of the worst moments of her life, when she was kicked out of a non-handicapped accessible bridal boutique because of her wheelchair.
When the organizers fo Miss Wheelchair Michigan saw the story, they gave her a call inviting her to try out. "I decided it was a good opportunity for me, just to kind of continue to reach out to people with disabilities."
It has been the best year of Stephanie's life, stemmed from one of her most embarrassing moments. Now she looks to the future, more confident than ever. "You don't know what you're capable of unless you try things," and now it's time for another girl's life to change too.
Last summer, Stephanie competed in the Miss Wheelchair America pageant, and took the spot of second runner up. The state pageant is Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Frontline Bible Church of Byron Center. WZZM 13's Hannah Saunders will be one of the judges.