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An Arizona State University student has been crowned Miss Wheelchair Arizona.

Juliet Martinez, a management of technology graduate student, won the statewide pageant that focuses on "someone who can represent the struggles of the disabled and connect them with the community," rather than on appearance or talent, according to The State Press.

Martinez was diagnosed with leukemia at age 5 and at age 8, she was given an overdose of chemotherapy, which left her unable to walk.

A friend of Martinez's contacted her and told her about the competition. Even though the interview process had ended, Martinez was allowed to compete after meeting with the panel.

Martinez will compete in the Miss Wheelchair America pageant in Long Beach, Calif., in August.

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