First and foremost, I want to thank all of the talented and supportive contestants from this year's pageant. The Miss Wayne County experience starts from orientation, and it was an honor to share the stage with all of you accomplished young women. I wish you all the best this year and in all your endeavors. You really showed this county the caliber of women it possesses.
My first appearance was less than one week after being inducted into the MWC sisterhood! I had the privilege of being the first Miss Wayne County to be in the Northville Victorian Parade on September 14th. You can find pictures from this event in my photo albums. This was such a unique experience. It amazed me how involved the community is in this parade, especially the children, not to mention how awe struck I was by the costuming.
My next appearance came the following day, September 15th. I had the distinct privilege to be a part of the 1st annual St. Mary Mercy Hospital “Celebrate Life” – 5K run/walk for cancer. St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia has just built a state-of-the-art comprehensive cancer center. I was able to mingle with wonderful volunteers from the hospital and was invited to come back to their official ribbon-cutting ceremony the following Thursday, September 20th. Since St. Mary Mercy Hospital is a catholic hospital, it is a tradition to have a blessing for any new facility associated with it. I attended the ribbon- cutting ceremony/blessing and was so humbled to be amongst such a dedicated group of doctors, staff, and volunteers. Sister Eucharita gave me a tour of the new facility. It was heart-warming to see every thought and detail that was put into this new wing. It was even more meaningful to have my mother there beside me as it was very emotional to walk into the healing center where cancer patients will undergo their chemotherapy since it brought back so many memories of my mother's fight against breast cancer. There are pictures of the healing center as well as the rest of the wing, along with “Celebrate Life” in my photo albums.
Three years ago, I was involved in a tragic car accident where I was removed from the vehicle by the Jaws of Life. Being able to hold the actual machine in my hands was surreal. As I watched the fire fighters give a demonstration using them, all of these memories came rushing back, and I have such admiration for those fire fighters. I truly attribute that machine and their efforts to saving my life. In some strange way, it was empowering to hold the Jaws of Life in my hands as if I conquered an obstacle from my past. I must say it was much better to watch the Jaws of Life demonstration being outside of the vehicle than when I was trapped in the vehicle during my accident. :)
Yesterday was my first October appearance, and will definitely not be the last. Tomorrow I will be joining Samantha Steckloff, Miss Oakland County at the Dearborn Masonic Temple, and Saturday, October 13th, I will be leading my team, Janet's Jewels, in honor of my mother at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Belle Isle. This is one of many highlights of my platform and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Speaking of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I want to give a HUGE thanks to Brooke for designing such a wonderful homepage for the MWC website honoring my platform! You are the best. She and I have been diligently working on getting my website for “Daughters Supporting Mothers with Breast Cancer” up and running. Hopefully we will have that available soon. What better month to turn this dream into reality than Breast Cancer Awareness Month? Stay tuned for updates, but in the mean time THINK PINK!