Target: Elizabeth Galvan and Brianna Thompson
Goal: Support mother with disabilities in her mission to participate in mother-daughter pageant and to inspire others
Elizabeth Galvan and her daughter, Brianna, are preparing to steal the show at this year’s Dream Girls USA pageant but not for normal reasons. Elizabeth lost her arm in an accident when she was only 3 years old and, less than a year later, became deaf due to an unrelated illness. She refuses to see these things as disabilities, referring to them as “differences” instead and has never let them slow her down.
There are many times in life when Elizabeth could have simply given up and said “I can’t” and no one would have questioned her for giving up. But, instead, Elizabeth decided to say “I can.” At 17, Elizabeth passed all the tests required to become a lifeguard, much to the amazement of the teacher. Later, at the request of another girl’s parents, she spoke at a high school and then realized how much of a difference she could make in the lives of others. She turned making a difference into her dream and now, with Brianna beside her, she’ll be using the Dream Girls USA pageant as a way to spread awareness.
Her daughter, Brianna, can hear, but that has never been an issue in their relationship. Brianna began learning sign language as a very young child and the two admit to having a “secret language” of their own. Brianna is both supportive of and supported by her mother, as they both aim to encourage others and make a difference in the lives of many.
Elizabeth and Brianna are truly an incredible mother-daughter duo and regardless of whether or not they win this pageant, they deserve support as they go on their mission of helping others.
Dear Ms. Galvan and Brianna,
I just want you to know that the two of you are doing incredible things by sharing your story and spreading awareness. I cannot imagine how much it means to deaf children or those who lost a limb to hear your story and finally think “hey, I can do that!” So many believe that they cannot do this or that due to a difference that they cannot control.
Your story is an inspiration to everyone. It is not often that adults turn what could be seen as a disability into an avenue for raising awareness, and young adults don’t often use events such as beauty pageants to make a difference. You are both inspiring people that deserve recognition for your actions.
I hope that no matter how the pageant goes that you continue to share your story and encourage and inspire others throughout the country. Best of luck at the pageant!
[Your Name Here]
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