If you tell Allison Appleby what she can’t do, she’s sure to prove you wrong.
Two years ago, this Texas native was diagnosed with epilepsy. She’s since gained independence with the help of her service dog in training, Brady. Now, at 17 years old, Allison has proven to be capable of so much, though there are still those who doubt her. In fact, a stranger once claimed that because of Allison’s epilepsy, she couldn’t be in a beauty pageant.
“A bystander who was just overhearing our conversation said, ‘You can’t do that because you have a disability, and pageant girls can’t have disabilities,'” Allison recalled.
Oh how wrong they were! Not only was Allison able to enter Miss Dallas Teen USA, she was also crowned the 2022 winner. And standing right next to her, wearing his own little crown, was her beloved Brady!
“Me?” Allison wrote on Instagram after her big win. “A princess? SHUT UP! Seriously though, I’m still in shock … I attended with the intentions of having fun and advocating for other girls with disabilities. Now I am blessed to have many more opportunities to do so!”
Next up, she’ll head to Houston for the Miss Texas Teen Pageant. Congratulations, Allison! There will always be folks who doubt us, but you’ve proven exactly why we shouldn’t allow the naysayers to dictate our lives. We can’t wait to see what you accomplish next!
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