Wilson continues quest to raise awareness for autism

By: 
DONNA SUMMERALL
Staff Writer

As the former Miss American Miss Princess and current Miss Mississippi Elementary for the third grade, Mia Bella Wilson has fallen in love with the pageant world. However, what the 8-year- old love more than wearing dresses and tiaras is using her platform to raise awareness about autism.
Her younger brother Noah Wilson is autistic, and she considers herself her brother's voice.
"April is Autism Awareness Month and April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day," Mia said. "I am selling T-shirts to not only raise awareness but to donate the money I raise to the Golden Triangle Autism Center in honor of my brother Noah. Go blue in April for autism."
Noah Wilson attends the Golden Triangle Autism Center, a resource for those with autism and their families, in Clay County.
"Mia has been an advocate for autism," Michelle said. "She is a huge supporter of her brother. She's like a second mother to him. Sometimes he likes the attention, but sometimes he doesn't."
Mia has been competing in pageants for several years, and according to Michelle Wilson, Mia had plans to include autism awareness in her first pageant before a community service project was part of the program.
"When she was competing in Miss American Miss Princess, a community service project is a huge part of that pageant," Michelle said. "She already had practice in that area, as being a voice for her brother was second nature."

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