THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - A 10-year-old girl from Pelham is gaining statewide attention as she gains confidence and self-esteem.
Sadie Parrish has a rare muscle disorder called arthrogryposis.
In late July, she'll represent Georgia in a national pageant for girls with disabilities, proving that beauty has no limits.
“My name is Sadie Parrish,” she recited. “I am 10-years-old. I like music, playing games, riding horses, and being with friends.
It's a well-rehearsed introduction that helped her take home the winning trophy at the 2015 Georgia Miss Amazing Pageant.
Sadie's mother Valerie Parrish said, “It's an opportunity for other girls to see that they're not alone in what they're going through.”
When Sadie was just three days old, doctors discovered she was born with a rare muscle disorder called arthrogryposis, which prevented the muscles in her legs from developing properly.
“He did not foresee Sadie walking with a walker, or braces, or any type of help,” said Valerie.
But Sadie is proving doctors wrong.
“I can jump. I can skip. I can run,” said Sadie.
And more importantly, she can work the cat walk.
“She amazes me,” said Valerie. “She just doesn't give up. She's able to see the bright side in every situation.”
Sadie will take her first plane ride to Los Angeles for the national pageant in July.
She said while a big trophy would be nice, the pageant is truly about meeting girls just like her.
“I don't care if I win,” said Sadie. “I just care to have fun.”
And as the national pageant approaches, Sadie's family is asking for donations to sponsor her trip.
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