BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Sierra Sandison has become a role model for many ever since she took the Miss Idaho crown after learning to embrace her diabetes diagnosis with pride.
Sandison, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2012, wore her insulin pump clipped to her clothing at last week’s Miss Idaho pageant, including during the swimsuit competition.
The Times-News reports Sandison beat 19 women vying for the title and will now compete in the Miss America Pageant in September.
Sandison’s story has since gone viral as photos of her wearing the pump -which automatically administers insulin without shots- have shown up on Good Morning America and other national media outlets.
The last Miss America contestant to wear an insulin pump on stage was Nicole Johnson in 1999, who won the crown.