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Growing up as a dancer, I was very accustomed to the stage; the feelings of putting on my very sparkly and sequined recital costumes, getting on stage for a just a few minutes showing what I worked hard for all year, going to competitions to win the coveted top prizes… I recently had the opportunity to watch “Miss You Can Do It,” a documentary part of HBO's Docs Summer Series 2013. Each minute of the 75-minute documentary brought me right back to my recital and competition days, I got those warm fuzzy feelings all over again. “Miss You Can Do it” is a celebration of young girls, living with disabilities, and the true, real beauty that defines each one of them.
Premiering on HBO this Monday, June 24, I encourage each and every one of you to tune in. From HBO.com:
Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age two, Abbey Curran never accepted her physical limitations. She admits her disability comes with lifelong challenges, but none that hold her back, playing sports (she "just falls more") and driving a car with a special steering wheel and brake. Curran's resilience and determination to pursue her dreams led her to become the first woman with disabilities to compete in the Miss USA Pageant® in 2008.
Miss You Can Do It highlights the extraordinary work Curran is doing with the pageant she founded. Curran and a team of enthusiastic volunteers give participants a chance to be celebrated for all they are inside, not just defined by what the world sees on the outside. For one special weekend the young girls, along with family and friends, some who have traveled far distances, spend time in an oasis of fun, femininity and celebration.
No one leaves the pageant empty-handed, with each girl receiving a special award. The real winners of the pageant might be the families and friends, who proudly cheer them on from the audience.
Click here to learn about some of the girls.
This docu. celebrates these girls, their incredibly dedicated family and friends, their courage, and most of all, the abilities to do anything.
WHERE CAN I WATCH THE FILM?
Monday, June 24th at 9p/8c on HBO
Wednesday, June 26th at 8p/7c on HBO2
Also available on HBOGO and HBO ON-DEMAND on June 24th
Hope you can watch!
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