Lindsey Becker, Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2018, is passionate about educating Tennesseans on the importance of resources within the disabled community. Lindsey, a Manchester native and 2004 Coffee County High School graduate, was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2018 in a ceremony held at the Doubletree Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee on September 30, 2017. She currently resides in Franklin, Tennessee with her husband, retired disabled Marine veteran, Wesley Becker of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.
While Lindsey is a wheelchair user who was born with Spina Bifida, she is also a Thyroid Cancer survivor as well. She is currently in partial remission. Through her own life experiences, Lindsey had gained a greater understanding of how vital programs like ABLE Youth (ableyouth.org), THYCA (Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association) (thyca.org), and the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization are in helping individuals get through challenges that they might be facing. Lindsey will make many appearances during her year as Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee where she will let others in similar situations know that they are not alone. She will teach them that not only can they get through their own circumstances, but they can also find positive ways to SHINE through them.
Lindsey uses her story, platform and her passion for helping others to try to make a positive difference in the world. Her main goal has always been to be an advocate for the disabled community, help others find the resources they need and to show people that your circumstances don’t have to define you negatively. As long as you have a willingness to try, a passion for what you are doing and an open heart and open mind, you can make a positive difference in the world around you. Lindsey currently owns her own music promotion company called Shine On Music City, LLC “ShineOnMusicCity.com.” She also writes a blog called “Meant To Be Lindsey B” which can be read at “MeantToBeLindseyB.com” where she writes about personal experiences in her life and thoughts on things that she feels might help others. Every blog has the common theme that everything in life happens for a reason and is “meant to be.” Lindsey hopes to one day write a book called “Meant To Be.”
Lindsey is no stranger to this particular pageant as she was crowned Jr. Miss Wheelchair Tennessee 2001 at the age of 16. Even at that time, her ultimate goal was to one day become Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee. While Lindsey had hoped she would reach that goal last year in the same pageant, she instead won the award of Ms. Congeniality as well as First Runner-Up. Despite the outcome of last year’s pageant, she decided to enter the pageant again this year because she truly values what the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee program is and believes that is a positive resource. She knew that if she was going to truly “practice what she preached” then she needed to come back and try again. As she began to prepare for this year’s pageant she began to realize how much she had grown in her way of thinking in regard to what she could do better this time around, and she had become increasingly more passionate about her platform: The importance of resources. Ultimately, she was awarded the title of Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2018, as well as “Best Speech” and “People’s Choice.”
Winning the title of Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee is yet another chapter in Lindsey’s “Meant to Be” story as she spends the next year as an even greater advocate and will go on to compete in the Ms. Wheelchair America 2019 pageant in Grand Rapids, Michigan on July 30, 2018 - August 5, 2018.