CLAY CENTER, Neb. (KSNB) - Aubrey Freeze is heading off to the national Miss Wheelchair America competition to try for the title and learn how to be a better advocate. It may be hard to tell now, but Freeze has taken years to find a way to live her life in a wheelchair comfortably. It all started with her injury.
Aubrey Freeze is looking to advocate for people with disabilities at the Miss Nebraska America competition. (KSNB)
“The last thing I remember was driving, I got off the road a little bit and I jerked the wheel over so I over-corrected,” Aubrey said. “I was ejected and I don't remember that. I remember I was lying by my car for five hours.”
When she was 17-years-old, Aubrey nearly died in a car accident that injured her spinal cord leaving her paralyzed from the waist down.
She now wants to use her accident as a way to advocate for people to learn more about what it is like to have a disability. As Miss Wheelchair Nebraska she will represent the entire state at the national competition. She never thought she would be a part of something like this but is glad to have a platform to help people in a similar situation.
“I think a lot of people can struggle with loneliness and depression and I did, too, when I was first injured and I don't want anyone to feel that way,” Aubrey said. “I really want to reach those people and make sure they are healthy and happy and living the best life they can.”
Aubrey said she never thought she would get married or even have kids. Now she has two little ones she takes care of and plays with like anyone else.
This is her first time at the national competition and she is looking forward to meeting other Miss Wheelchairs and see how she can be an even better advocate.
“A lot of them they are meeting their governors, their mayors, they're meeting different politicians from their state trying to get different legislatives passed for people with disabilities and I am excited about what they do and how they grow through that,” Aubrey said.
Aubrey also wants to show people they don't have to act any different around her just because she has a disability. She hopes to go around Nebraska and speak to communities on how they can help other people like her.