After VBT Surgery, Pageant Winner Helps Other Kids Deal with Scoliosis

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Story Summary

When Shelby Welling was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 13, one of her first concerns was how the condition would affect her ability to compete in pageants. The Jefferson City resident didn’t have long to worry about it. The 2019 National American Miss Missouri Preteen pageant was right around the corner.

“At first, I kept thinking, ‘Why me?’ and didn’t think I could do it,” Welling said. “Then I decided that I was just going to rock it and make it the best pageant I’ve ever done.”

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