- Published on Monday, 13 January 2014 14:37
- Written by Administrator
by Becky Davenport
The Beautiful Blessing Beauty Pageant is set to be held October 27 at South Elementary School in Jackson. This beauty pageant is for developmentally disabled individuals both male and female ages birth through teens.
When someone snuck first sent me the link to the flyer all I could think was how cool is this and I want to know more. Beautiful Blessings Beauty Pageant’s organizer Danielle Young took some time to explain to me the details of the pageant and her motivation behind bring this wonderful event to our area.
Danielle’s niece Allyson was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome when she was five months old, and at sixteen months old, she participated in her first beauty pageant. Williams’s syndrome is a genetic condition that is present at birth; the syndrome’s characteristics include cardiovascular disease, developmental delays, and learning disabilities. The syndrome affects 1 in 10,000 people worldwide and is known to occur equally in both males and females in every culture.
Allyson was unable to walk at sixteen months old, so Danielle carried her niece across the stage for the pageant. After the pageant, Danielle and her sister (Allyson’s mother) begin toying with the idea of having a beauty pageant for special needs children. Danielle wants to give other special needs children a day where they could feel special.
The event is Danielle debut at organizing a fundraiser, so she is not sure how many participants the Beautiful Blessing Pageant expects. Each participant will walk across the stage while the audience learns more about them. They will then receive an accolade, and there will be no overall winner. Any child that has a special need, disability, or is a cancer patient between ages birth to 18 years old are invited to participate. Organizers also invite folks to come out in support of the participants to help make this day even more special for them.