WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) - In a first for United Regional, a Miss Texas Scholarship Organization title holder made a visit Monday. Miss Texas, Madison Fuller of Fairfield got a tour of the maternity and pediatric wings. Fuller's visit comes as part of United Regional's partership with Children's Miracle Network, which partners with the Miss America Organization.
"One of my specific goals as Miss Texas this year is to visit all 17 C.M.N. hospitals in Texas," Fuller said. "It's something very important to me. It's something that's not been done by a previous Miss Texas."
Fuller said her passion for visiting hospitals and especially with young patients started when she was 16.
"I met a little girl named Siaese when I was 16 years old. And she changed my life," Fuller said. "Her outlook on life at five-years-old battling cancer, it just really got to me."
Her passion for children also stems from her time as a kindergarten teacher, which she had to take a break from, as being Miss Texas is a full-time job.
"I visit schools, children's hospitals, community events, everything under the sun," Fuller said.
From partnerships with organizations like Miss America through C.M.N, United Regional is able to provide its young patients with new experiences and interactions with inspiring people.
"It makes a better interaction with that patient, as well as a happier visit," Children's Miracle Network Specialist Shelby Reese said. "And when they're happier, they end up being healthier faster."
Fuller said people don't have to be Miss Texas to make a difference.
"Anything you can do to bring a smile to a child's face, whether it's donating books and toys, sending a card in the mail, it makes a really big impact on kids," Fuller said.
Something that stands out like a jewel in the crown. After relinquishing the crown, Fuller plans to return to teaching.