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NY girl with special needs prepares to be a pageant princess

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Brylinn Searles from Niagara Falls, New York is not your ordinary 5-year-old pageant girl.

She was born with Cerebral Palsy and is nonverbal, but her mom Leandra Scott knows her daughter can and should be treated just like everybody else.

“When we found that she had Cerebral Palsy I just wanted to keep her involved in things and I didn’t want her to ever feel like she can’t do things because i feel like she can do anything,” Scott told WIVB.

She’s been focused on letting her daughters personality shine through, so the determined mother entered her little one in a local beauty pageant.

“The out pour of response and people willing and wanting to help they say they believe in her, and we’re so thankful.”

That’s when the awards started coming in.

Brylinn won two trophies in the contest so Scott decided to take the show on the road.

Now, she’s on her way to Rochester for The National American Miss Pageant, a contest with thousands of ‘typical’ kids.

Currently mobile by wheelchair, Brylinn’s father will escort her for the formal wear part of the pageant and her mom will stand by her side for interviews to be her voice.

She says she wants people to know that Brylinn is not disabled, she just has different abilities then others.

“She probably can’t do it like the little girl that’s walking and talking and running. She may have to do it a little differently, but she can get it done,” Scott said.

To document her daughter’s journey, Scott started a Facebook page and the Niagara Falls community took notice.

Friends and neighbors donated more than $2,000 dollars for her pageant fees, dresses, and other expenses. Scott said she was overwhelmed by the support.

“The out pour of response and people willing and wanting to help they say they believe in her, and we’re so thankful.”

Brylinn is still $500 dollars shy of her ultimate goal.

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