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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Abbey Curran Narrator: Abbey Curran Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2015 ISBN: 9780062395795
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An engaging memoir by Abbey Curran, former Miss Iowa USA, about living with cerebral palsy, competing in Miss USA, and starting her own pageant for young women with disabilities

Abbey Curran lives by the motto “If you can dream it, you can do it.” She 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 challenges and special needs.

In this uplifting memoir, Abbey tells a story of overcoming the odds, fulfilling her life’s goals, and finding in herself the courage to compete, even as she continues to inspire the same spirit in others.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The teenager is honest about her struggles…She exudes hope, confidence, determination, and bravery. Adolescents will be motivated to pursue their own dreams after reading this stirring title.”

    Library Journal

  • “Curran writes with a warmth and enthusiasm that…give[s] the reader a feel for her charm and gumption…Curran’s story will inspire readers to follow their dreams.”


  • “Debunking myths about pageant participants, she praises the sisterhood she found and the hope pageants give ‘[her] girls,’ a happy ending to a tale of accomplishment.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Abbey Curran, born with cerebral palsy, made history as the first person with a disability to win a major beauty pageant when she was crowned Miss Iowa in 2008, after which she competed in Miss USA. She is also the founder of Miss You Can Do It, a pageant for young women with disabilities. Curran has appeared on CBS’ Early Show, the Ellen Degeneres Show, Access Hollywood, CNN Headline News, and Fox and Friends. She graduated from Saint Ambrose University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business communications. She is currently in nursing school.