An East Texas college student is proving where there's a will there's a way, and now she's getting ready to represent our state at a special pageant this summer. CBS 19's Amanda Roberson met up with Olivia LeVoy at her home in Flint to talk about her obstacles and accomplishment.
Olivia LeVoy was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy type three when she was just four years old. Her muscles are weak and she uses a wheelchair, but that's not slowing her down from doing what she loves. She won Ms. Wheelchair Texas in November and now she's competing for the national title.
20-year old Olivia LeVoy doesn't usually wear a sash when she works with her lowline angus heifer, Niky, but she wore it for us because she's about to trade the cow tags for a tiara.
"There's so many women who love doing pageants, but physically they're not able," Olivia explained. "This is a way for them to be able to do it and it's so humbling. I'm so lucky."
Olivia is representing Texas at the Ms. Wheelchair USA pageant in Ohio this summer and the rhinestone cowgirl said it's a dream come true. "I love watching Miss America, Miss USA, Miss Universe, all of that, I love watching it and I've always wanted to be one of those girls. But, I knew physically I could not handle the walking, the standing, everything those girls do."
Spinal muscular atrophy is a disease that causes muscle damage and weakness, but it's an obstacle Olivia is proving can be overcome.
"I've learned that the wheelchair doesn't bound me to anything," said Olivia. "I love the saying 'if there's a will there's a way' because it's completely true."
That 'will' is part of her life every day.
"I was showing lambs and goats since I could hold a show halter," Olivia said. "I started showing lowline angus heifers when I was 16 and it just grew from there and I started my own cattle company, Rhinestone Cattle Company."
Like any pageant queen, Olivia is an inspiring, active woman with a message for all. "If you have the passion, motivation, and the drive, you can do whatever you want."
Olivia's motivation and drive don't stop there. She's studying agriculture at TJC and hopes to transfer to Texas A&M University. She said eventually she wants to be either an ag teacher or an ag lawyer.