The Courage To Compete: Living With Cerebral Palsy And Following My Dreams

Hardcover | September 8, 2015

byAbbey Curran

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A remarkable memoir by Miss Iowa USA Abbey Curran about living with cerebral palsy, competing in Miss USA, and her inspiring work with young women who have disabilities.

Abbey Curran was born with cerebral palsy, but early on she resolved to never let it limit her. Abbey made history when she became the first contestant with a disability to win a major beauty pageant. After earning the title of Miss Iowa, she went on to compete in Miss USA.

Growing up on a hog farm in Illinois, Abbey competed in local pageants despite naysayers who told her not to. After realizing her own dream, she went on to help other disabled girls achieve their goals by starting Miss You Can Do It, a national nonprofit pageant for girls and women with special needs and challenges, which became the subject of an HBO documentary with the same name. This is Abbey’s story. 

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A remarkable memoir by Miss Iowa USA Abbey Curran about living with cerebral palsy, competing in Miss USA, and her inspiring work with young women who have disabilities.Abbey Curran was born with cerebral palsy, but early on she resolved to never let it limit her. Abbey made history when she became the first contestant with a disabilit...

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Abbey Curran lives by the motto "if you can dream it, you can do it." Though born with cerebral palsy, she made the choice never to let her disability limit her. Her determination and drive led Abbey to make history when she became the first contestant with a disability to win a major beauty pageant. Having secured the title of Miss Io...

Abbey Curran, born with cerebral palsy, made history as the first person with a disability to compete in major beauty pageants when she was crowned Miss Iowa USA in 2008, and competed in the Miss USA pageant. While still in high school, she founded the Miss You Can Do It pageant, for young women with disabilities ranging in age from fi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.93 inPublished:September 8, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062363913

ISBN - 13:9780062363916

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“hHr overall message-to try, to dream, to put oneself out there-is an uplifting one that will continue to inspire.”