Mrs. USA Brings Attention to Celiac Disease

Mrs. Florida, Shannon Ford (35) of Miami, was named the new Mrs. United States 2011. Fifty three other beautiful women gathered from all over the U.S. and its territories to compete for the coveted title. Described as “the premier event of its kind” by The Las Vegas Sun newspaper, the Mrs. United States National Pageant® is a spectacular event. Since 1986, the Mrs. United States National Pageant® has assembled annually in Las Vegas Nevada to celebrate the achievements of married women throughout the 50 States and U.S. Territories.

As the new Mrs. United States, Shannon will have the opportunity to travel across the country for appearances, charity events and speaking engagements. After her big win Thursday night Shannon stated, “Being Mrs. United States is a huge responsibility…I’m excited to get back to Florida and get to work.” And she wasn’t kidding; Shannon is already scheduled to make appearances immediately all across the U.S. Her first stop is a benefit luncheon for the Easter Seals.

Shannon is certainly not just another pretty face; a graduate of Florida International University with a B.A. in Psychology, the new Mrs. United States is a Human Resources Business Partner for an International Wealth Management company. She also serves as a Miami Dolphins Ambassador (a select group of former Cheerleaders that represent the organization throughout the NFL season.

Two years ago, Shannon was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, a lifelong illness that will require her to maintain a gluten free diet for the rest of her life. Shannon is proud to promote her platform, “1 in 133 – Raising Awareness for Celiac Disease”. It is her goal throughout her year to bring more attention to the illness and advocate for better labeling of our nation’s food supply.


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