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Ms. Wheelchair
Virginia 2020
Ms. Wheelchair Virginia 2020 holds
onto her crown for another year while
working as an RN.
RYANN KRESS

RYANN KRESS, the current titleholder of Ms.
Wheelchair Virginia 2020, is a registered nurse with
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a disorder that affects the
connective tissue in the body. The disorder eventually
resulted in Kress transitioning to a wheelchair.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kress travelled
across the state of Virginia sharing her story, advocating
for others with disabilities and educating audiences
about the realities of living with a disability.
" I often speak about my platform which is increasing
awareness about and access to mental health services for
those with disabilities, " says Kress.

At her speaking engagements, Kress educates
audiences from a unique perspective as a practicing
nurse about the realities of living with a physical
disability and its overlap with mental health in
patients.
This year's Ms. Wheelchair competition was
cancelled due to COVD-19, with no plans to
reschedule, according to the president of the Ms.
Wheelchair America Foundation (MWA) and former
Ms. Wheelchair Michigan, Shelly Loose.
" Cancelling the competition scheduled for this

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