BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Tamara Green, a Baton Rouge native and Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana, will compete this weekend during the 50th annual Ms. Wheelchair America competition. The competition will be held virtually after being canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Throughout the week, Green has participated in virtual workshops on leadership, self-care and advocacy. She was also interviewed by a panel of five judges and was required to deliver a prepared platform presentation.
Green’s platform pushes for the inclusion of mental health services for those with physical disabilities.
“We are stronger together than we are apart,” said Green.
Green first appeared as Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana on FOX 44 prior to the pandemic. As a state titleholder, she joined a sisterhood that celebrates the advocacy efforts, abilities and accomplishments of 30 women from across the country who use wheelchairs for mobility.
Green was in a car crash as a teenager and lost the use of her legs. Since then, she has become a mother of three, business owner and author. She launched her book, You See My Glory Here’s My Story, the same day she celebrated 20 years as a paraplegic.
Tune in live for the speech portion of the competition at 5 p.m. CST, Friday and find out who won during the crowning gala at 5 p.m. CST, Saturday.
“It’s more than a beauty contest, judges are looking for the most accomplished and articulate spokeswoman for people with disabilities,” said media relations specialist Chris Mills.
Both events will be streamed live on the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Facebook page.
The competition will also name a winner for the Ms. Wheelchair America People’s Choice Award. The public is invited to vote for Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana, as well as raise funds to support the organization’s work. Each vote is a $1 donation. The winner’s state will receive 40% of the funds raised.
A full list of contestants may be found here.
About Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation
Mary Free Bed is a not-for-profit, nationally accredited, rehabilitation hospital located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since 1891, Mary Free Bed has restored hope and freedom through rehabilitation for children and adults with brain injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, multiple traumas, amputations, cancer and other diagnoses, including COVID-19. The combination of more than 110 specialized medical and sports rehabilitation programs and an exclusive focus on rehabilitation enables our specialty physicians and staff to help patients achieve extraordinary clinical results. Established in 2011, the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network extends rehabilitation expertise to more than three dozen acute-care hospitals in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. Mary Free Bed also manages rehabilitation care for 400-plus inpatient beds and an extensive outpatient system.