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Little Miss Wheelchair of Oklahoma hopes to help the whole community

Lauren Smith, of Moore, tries to encourage others at The Children's Center in Bethany.
BY TRAVIS DOUSSETTE Published: March 9, 2013
/articleid/3763912/1/pictures/1976666">Photo - Lauren Smith is Little Miss Wheelchair of Oklahoma.  PHOTO BY TRAVIS DOUSSETTE, THE CHILDREN’S CENTER
Lauren Smith is Little Miss Wheelchair of Oklahoma. PHOTO BY TRAVIS DOUSSETTE, THE CHILDREN’S CENTER

Encouraging others

In addition to physical and occupational therapies, Lauren has become a natural in front of the camera and is always willing to share her story to encourage her fellow patients.

“At The Children's Center, I learned about other children with disabilities. I know that I can relate to them,” she said.

Life will certainly not slow down for Lauren as Little Miss Wheelchair Oklahoma.

She is scheduled to visit with Gov. Mary Fallin at the state Capitol, as well as promote educational resources available to other children.

“Lauren will attend various events to raise awareness about living with disabilities,” her mother said.

Confident as always, Lauren will proudly carry the torch for all children with disabilities in Oklahoma.

After wrapping up her most recent doctor's visit, Lauren got to work snapping a photo with her new friend, Beau McKenna, a fellow patient at the hospital. He's just one of the many new friends she will meet along the way.

“I can also help people who are not disabled to understand not to treat us differently and to help. I can help the whole community.”

Travis Doussette is director of communications for The Children's Center.


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