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2/9/14 Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana 2014 Crowned

A combination of tears and smiles spread across the faces of contestants and audience members at Baton Rouge’s first Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana pageant on Sunday afternoon at the Baton Rouge Rehabilitation Hospital, which ended with the coronation of Leah Hoffpauir, a 29-year-old college student. 



  • Maria Yiannopoulos, Master of Ceremony
  • Jeanne Burns, 33 News Anchor
  • Jean Hansen, MS, ATP, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services
  • Katherine Klimitas, Artist, Author, Designer
  • Scott Simon, Louisiana State Representative
  • Dawn Swanson, DPT, Manager of Acute Care Therapy at Our Lady of the Lake


Back Row:  Roxane Bingham, BRRH Marketing Liaison, and Toni Hamilton, BRRH Rehab Counselor

Front Row from Left:  Betty Toepfer, Honorary Sr. Contestant; Leah Hoffpauir, newly crowned Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana 2014; and Ms. Anita Gray, reigning Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana 2013


Special Recognition of Daisy Troop 10846 (Ascension Parish).  Also to the Boy Scouts Troop 769 (Prairieville) - not pictured.

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Spinal Cord Injury Survivor Shares Motivational Story at Free Lunch & Learn

BATON ROUGE, La. – As part of National Rehabilitation Awareness week, Baton Rouge Rehab Hospital (BRRH) will host a September 17 Lunch and Learn event featuring Paul Erway, spinal cord injury survivor and motivational speaker.

Erway had his first life-changing accident in 1980, with a second major accident in 2006. His story is unique, but his insights are relevant to anyone, regardless of abilities or disabilities.

He is the author of “50 Abilities, Unlimited Possibilities: Wheeling through the 50 States, from Jackson to the Boston Marathon Bombing.” In the book, Erway chronicles his team on their goal to complete 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 weeks through the Christopher & Dana Reeves Foundation.

The noon event will be held at BRRH, in the 2nd floor dining room. Seating is limited, so to RSVP please call (225) 231-3123 or email

BRRH will host multiple events as part of National Rehab Week, including the Roll On! Bowl On! Bowling Tournament on Sept. 17 to raise awareness for spinal cord injuries and an Amputee Support Group meeting on Sept. 20. Find more details here.

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