LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Sara Schumacher says she will never forget what it was like to be crowned Miss RemarkAble in 2017.
"I was excited and then some of my friends were there and they said they were crying," said Sara.
Sara's mother said it took some convincing to get her daughter to compete.
"She said, 'Mom, I don't know.' And I said yeah, you can, just try it and it was just awesome," said Vicki Schumacher.
Thanks to the Miss RemarkAble pageant Sara has a newfound confidence that adds to the pride she feels at her job.
"I make subs at UWL for the college students. I've been there 18 years now," said Sara.
It's also given her the confidence to compete in the Special Olympics.
"I do swimming, boche ball, bowling and coach basketball," said Sara.
Vicki says she couldn't be more proud of her daughter and still can't believe how the pageant has impacted her daughter's life.
"They kept announcing Miss Friendly and all of those and then it was down to two of them. I think there were like 12 of us there and one of her cousins came from out of town and when they announced it one said I didn't know she would make it but why not," she said.
Vicki and other parents of women in the pageant give special thanks to APTIV and the Miss RemarkAble pageant for giving women with disabilities opportunities to live their best life.