GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Last weekend, Melinda Preciado, Miss Wheelchair Oregon and Springfield resident, represented Oregon in the Miss Wheelchair America competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“It’s hard to put into the word the experience, it’s just so many emotions and all positive,” she said. “We all inspired each other and taught each other different things … It’s definitely a sisterhood.” This competition is based on advocacy, achievement and presentation, selecting the most articulate spokeswoman for people with disabilities.
The judges were inspired by how far Preciado has come that they created an award special for her. The award celebrated Preciado’s accomplishments, recognizing Preciado’s tremendous tenacity over a short period of time.
“To me that’s even more special than having the national title or anything else. I don’t need a fashion crown and the national title to make a difference. I’m still gonna keep doing what I’m doing. And I will still be, of course, Ms. Wheelchair, Oregon,” Preciado said.
Preciado will remain Ms. Wheelchair Oregon until March when she crowns the next winner. She is hopeful that more people will sign up this year.