Saqueena Graves

Saqueena Graves, founder of Wheeling and Able, Inc. 

A first birthday party was held at McKee Park Saturday afternoon for nonprofit organization, Wheeling and Able, Inc.

Saqueena Graves founded the organization last year for individuals with disabilities.

"I've always wanted to do something where people with disabilities could actually give back instead of being the ones who were always in need," Graves said.

Several stations were set up for families to enjoy crafts, face painting, dancing and an Easter egg hunt was set for the end.

Her ultimate goal with Wheeling and Able, Inc. is to constantly remain active in the community with several events throughout the year, but Graves said they have to be unique in comparison to other community events.

This year she's planning a prom for the organization and another wheelchair basketball game.

"We come up with an idea and we push it. We did the wheelchair basketball game last year and it was absolutely outstanding - we had a blast," she said.

The Starkville native was born with spinal bifida, a malformation of the vertebrae that exposes the spinal column.

"I've been paralyzed all my life, wore the leg braces for awhile and then went to a wheelchair which I actually like better," Graves said.

She said she lives a simple life, despite what others may assume. She also keeps herself extremely busy.

Last year she founded her nonprofit organization and an online gift shop, Mustard Seed Gifts. She also won the title of Ms. Wheelchair Mississippi Feb. 2, 2018.

Her next step is to move forward to compete for Ms. Wheelchair America 2019 July 1-6 in Arkansas.

"It's a lot of work but I am excited," she said.

She has several events coming up to raise a goal of $2,000 for competition expenses. If anyone would like to donate she has a GoFundMe account set up titled "Journey to Ms. Wheelchair America 2019 Competition."

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