Knox County girl with cerebral palsy raising awareness through pageants


KNOXVILLE (WATE) –  A group of little girls in East Knoxville is working to redefine beauty while at the same time trying to raise awareness for cerebral palsy.

A 12-year-old pageant contestant, Heaven Ramsey, and her fellow pageant friends are coming together and wearing the color green to represent those with cerebral palsy, a disorder Ramsey was born with.

“Maybe you think you can’t do this because you’re different but you can,” said Ramsey.

She recently united her hobby with this disorder by asking her friends to help bring attention to it. “If you have cerebral palsy you can do the pageant. If you have cancer, you can do the pageant. It doesn’t matter how you are,” said 11 year old Alicia Grubb.

The goal for each girl is to raise money to buy art supplies for the Cerebral Palsy Center. “It’s amazing really. For them to be so young and care so much,” said pageant mom Christy Carter.

All the colored pencils, crayons, and goodies are a point of pride. “It makes me feel good just to know that we can raise awareness while doing one of my favorite things, doing pageants,” said Ramsey.

“Beauty means to me inside out,” said Grubb. And their thoughts on beauty are a winning outlook. “Beauty means to me just being yourself, and accepting yourself, and accepting others,” said Ramsey.

Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability for children while growing up, according to the CDC. Knoxville Cerebral Palsy Center was built in 1954 and today cares for a number of adults.

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