I just competed for a second year in a row and again was honored to win Queens court as a runner up for rare cancer awareness as a newcomer to pageantry.

A colleague reminded me that my daring adventure to ditch business deals for kitty heels in pageantry was in congruence with my mission to elevate the idea that "anything is possible". The bottomline is rare cancers like Leiomyosarcoma and lesser known blood cancers like Multiple Myeloma both got center stage at the Mrs New Jersey US Pageant at my business school alma mater, Monmouth University and so my mission was accomplished.

I've always felt I had no business being in pageantry since i'm 100% natural, sport an 18 inch surgical torso scar as a LMS survivor in a Mrs Red Bank bikini and never knew much about fake eyelashes until recently. But I have to confess... I've had great fun and have met a lot of fabulous women making meaningful contributions in their family and community lives. My friends kid me about being "bold and old" in pageantry and I guess its true since my sweet roommate and other runner up to the Queen is only 30... good God, I could be her mother! I'm just happy to be alive... enjoying every day and trying in some small way to help others recognize that "less fear, more fun" should be the order of the day...