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Updated: October 26, 2006

 

Tammy Wilber

Ms. Wheelchair Washington 2006

Tammy Wilber, the current Ms. Wheelchair Washington, was injured in a car accident in New Hampshire in 1993. While driving without her seatbelt on, Tammy was traveling 75 mph on the highway and became distracted by a bee flying around in the car. She lost control of the vehicle. The car went off the road and flipped over. Tammy was thrown from the car and permanently damaged her spinal cord. She also lost her right kidney.

Tammy, is now a paraplegic. In the last 13 years, since her car accident at the age of 17 years old, she has accomplished many things, such as being involved with a program called Think First, a national program to prevent Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries. Tammy, has dedicated the last ten years to educating students about making “good choices,” so they don’t get hurt.


Tammy Wilber
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Tammy Wilber at flagbearer ceremony
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Her goal for the future is to inspire people with disabilities to try to make the best of their own situations. It took Tammy a long time to discover what she was personally capable of. She wants to be a mentor and an inspiration; to encourage people with disabilities to test their own strengths to see what they are capable of. Tammy, never thought that 13 years later, she would be in a loving relationship of 6 years, working a full-time job, going to college part-time, volunteering in the community, and is the current Ms. Wheelchair Washington.

 

Tammy now works at the University of Washington Medical Center, in the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department, as a Patient Service Representative, and continues to be a role model for other patients that are newly injured with spinal cord injuries. She now feels it is her turn to give back to all those wonderful people who have helped her get to where she is today.

"Some of my future goals are to finish my Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Community and Human Services, get my Master's Degree, get married, and adopt or have a child. Tammy says, “I know that with hard work and patience I can achieve so much, despite having a disability. You only have one life and you have to live it to the best of your ability.”


Tammy Wilber at Next steps
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Tammy Wilber Gallery

 


Tammy Wilber and friend
helping Footloose

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Tammy Wilber as guest speaker
 at a fashion class

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Tammy Wilber and friend
with pirates
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