PEORIA - Some local young women are breaking social barriers at a national pageant in Peoria this weekend.
The River City is hosting the eleventh annual Miss You Can Do It pageant.
It's a pageant for girls and women with special needs, started by Abbey Curan, winner of the 2008 Miss Iowa USA Pageant.
The national non-profit allows the beauty queens to compete on a stage many of them thought they'd never be on.
“The father of that child can see his duaghter on stage not as special needs individual. Just as the average kid, walk across the stage like a prom queen. Like the head cheerleader; whatever they want to be,” said Dr. John Lomax, who is one of the judges for the event and is a plastic surgeon in Peoria.
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