Ms. Wheelchair stands up, loses title

Saturday, April 30, 2005

APPLETON, Wis. -- The winner of the Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin pageant was stripped of her title after she was pictured in a newspaper standing up. State pageant officials said Janeal Lee, a 30-year-old math teacher, broke the rules because guidelines for the pageant require the winner to "appear in her wheelchair or scooter when in public." Lee, who has muscular dystrophy, said she uses a scooter to get around but can walk up to 50 feet on a good day and can stand while teaching. State pageant officials made Lee return a new scooter and other prizes she won in January and gave the crown to the runner-up, who will compete for the national title.