This weekend was the 13th annual Relay for Life in Chelsea, MI. This was the third consecutive year my team, “Pageant Party,” walked in the Relay, and this year was quite a celebration – Congratulations, Mom! We hosted my award- winning fundraiser, the “Pageant Prison,” which raised over $1,000 in 6 short hours! Overall, my team raised over $1,500, and I want to thank every one of my teammates and friends who made donations and to those who came out and walked in support. We far exceeded my team's goal of $1,000. YES! :) The money we raised will help the American Cancer Society fund research that I believe will one day find a cure. We will continue to relay until “cancer” is a disease of the past, because a cure is the true finish line!
The past two months have been quite a whirlwind. Amongst finishing my first year of my Master's Degree program, I have been traveling all over the state with Dr. Pepper and Wal-Mart, as well as making appearances in Flint for Children's Miracle Network – Hurley Medical Center and our state capitol for the American Cancer Society's Lobby Day. Last week, I had the pleasure of taking a vacation to visit my family in Scottsdale, AZ. It was 97 degrees and sunny everyday! I was able to just relax by my uncle's pool, hike the mountains and needless to say, I dreaded coming home to 59 degree, rainy weather! Good thing June is around the corner and that means “summer” will soon follow! You know what that also means??? Miss Michigan week is less than four weeks away! :) I can't wait…
To all my pageant supporters, I cannot express how at ease I am with what the future has in store these next few weeks. I have worked extremely hard this year in preparation for Miss Michigan and by doing so; I am completely comfortable with putting fate in God's hands. I believe that everything happens for a reason, and I couldn't be more excited to share my growth personally and professionally this year at Miss Michigan. I have been blessed with a wonderful roommate, and I can't wait to strengthen already established friendships and create new ones during my week in Muskegon. There is absolutely nothing to lose when all you expect from yourself is to be 100% “YOU.”
Best wishes, Ashlee