Walk Now for Autism Speaks

I had so much fun attending the Walk Now for Autism Speaks! 1 of every 68 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, and Autism Speaks is doing great things to spread awareness and raise funds for research for autistic children.

When I first arrived at the event at the Clinton Presidential Center I took part in a HUGE dance party! Craig O’Neill, a graduate from my high school, a former deejay, and news anchor for THV11, was the host. We did the Wobble, Cha Cha Slide, and lots more fun dances. I was excited to be named the “Cupid Shuffle Champion!” It was a blast!

These sweet girls were my dancing buddies at the walk!

It still hasn’t completely sunk in that people actually want my autograph! Seeing a child excited to receive a picture of me with my signature is such a special feeling. I am sure my fellow sister queens agree that there is no better feeling than that of putting a smile on a sweet kiddo’s face!

Once the race began, I had the awesome opportunity to help lead the participants with the First Lady of Arkansas, Mrs. Ginger Beebe! I was able to share my platform and more about the International Pageant system with Mrs. Beebe. Her husband, Governor Mike Beebe, has the highest approval rate of any governor in the nation. He will be finishing his term as Governor in just a few short months. This led to a conversation about the “former life” that those in office as well as those in pageantry have to face. I have no doubts that Mrs. Beebe will continue to serve the great state of Arkansas even when she no longer has the title of First Lady!

It was a pleasure meeting Mrs. Beebe!

Spending time with special people that are passionate about making a difference is one of the greatest joys of being a titleholder. I am so grateful for opportunities to be part of amazing events like this. My heart was so full when I left the walk!

If you believe in something, believe in it all the way!

Blair Wortsmith
Miss Teen International 2014


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