Miss Idaho Contestant Overcomes Obstacles to Become National Inspiration

Cole Anneberg

Just one year ago, prior to taking the stage at the Miss Idaho competition, a contestant and now Congressional Award Bronze Medalist suffering from Type 1 diabetes, felt confliction about accessorizing her insulin pump during the Swimsuit competition in front of thousands of people.

Ultimately, Sandison chose to wear her insulin pump on stage to show support for Miss Idaho’s Outstanding Preteen McCall Salinas and her first-hand experience being a diabetic as well.

“She told me that she was too scared to get a pump herself, because she didn’t know what people would think or if they would say she looked weird,” said Sandison.

Miss Idaho's Sierra Sandison took the stage at the state's competition wearing her insulin pump during the Swimsuit Competition portion. Sandison stated on social media "Honestly, it is terrifying walking out on stage in a swimsuit, let alone attached to a medical device. My message to everyone, diabetic or not, is that we all have something that doesn't "measure up." Contributed Photo/Sandison Miss Idaho’s Sierra Sandison took the stage at the state’s competition wearing her insulin pump during the Swimsuit Competition portion. Sandison stated on social media “Honestly, it is terrifying walking out on stage in a swimsuit, let alone attached to a medical device. My message…

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