Tiffany entered her first pageant at the age of four. She impressed the pageant circuit so completely that America Coed Pageants nominated her for the Who's Who award. It was quite an accomplishment for someone so young, but Tiffany had already achieved a far greater prize. . . life.
Tiffany, whose name means 'Gift from God,' was born 13 weeks early on July 12, 1991, when her mother experienced complications during pregnancy. She weighed only two pounds and was just 13 inches long. Kosair's Children's Hospital gave her mother, Teresa, a 30 percent chance of survival.
"Tiffany was wired for sound," Teresa said about all the machines to whichher daughter was connected. Crusade for Children paid for all the machines and effectively saved little Tiffany's life.
Tiffany is now 11 years old, happily facing another birthday. She is a loving, kindhearted girl with a strong sense of community awareness.
At age seven, Tiffany was speaking to professional groups on behalf of Right to Life of Kentucky.
In the meatime, Tiffany has continued to compete in pageants. She currently holds the title of Miss Kentucky American Preteen Hostess, second only to the Miss Preteen Queen.
As part of her title, Tiffany does a lot of community service, mostly with the Humane Society. Other responsibilities include attending luncheons and trainings. She must also host one fundraiser to benefit an organization of her choice.
Tiffany didn't have to think very hard to know what organization for which she wanted to raise funds. The Crusade for Children did a lot to keep her alive when she was born, and Tiffany wants to do what she can to repay the life they gave her.
Like other students at the middle school, Tiffany is undergoing CATS testing throughout the day. When she gets home, her attention turns to plans for an Old -Fashioned Pig Roast to raise funds for Crusade for Children.
The pig roast will be held on Sunday, May 18 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The Lighthouse Cafe on North Main Street. In addition to the pig roast, Tiffany is also planning other activities such as a cake walk, craft booth, magic show and raffle of donated items. She is hoping to raise over $5,000 for Crusade for Children.
Tiffany, her mother Teresa and her grandmother Willene Witt are all working hard with Vicki Vaughan and Kay Cottrell at The Lighthouse Cafe to gather everything needed for the day. Donated items for the raffle are still needed. Anyone wanting to participate in the event should call Teresa Flynn at 287-9354 or email Tiffany at TiffyFlynn@hotmail.com.
In addition to the pig roast, Tiffany and all her family and friends are saving their change to make another donation to the Crusade for Children.
Tiffany's dedication to helping the Crusade has made a big impact in her family. She loves working to make a difference in her community.
Tiffany plans to become a pediatric oncologist and continue to work with Saint Jude's Hospitals and Crusade for Children.