- Associated Press - Monday, August 14, 2017

ERIE, Pa. (AP) - A 25-year-old Pittsburgh native is preparing to represent Pennsylvania at the upcoming Ms. Wheelchair America 2018 pageant.

Erie Times-News reports (https://bit.ly/2vwrx36 ) Claire Senita is competing in the pageant in Erie Monday after being crowned Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania in March.

Executive Director of Ms. Wheelchair America Stephanie Deible says the pageant helps celebrate the accomplishments of women with disabilities and gives them a platform to advocate and educate.

Senita has used a wheelchair for her mobility since she became paralyzed from the neck down after a gymnastics injury at 14. She says she is excited to compete in Erie, which she calls a “second home.”

Women from 25 states who use a wheelchair for 100 percent of their mobility will compete in the pageant. The winner will be crowned Saturday.

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Information from: Erie Times-News, https://www.goerie.com

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