My name is Ashley Boaté and I was crowned Miss Connecticut United States 2014 on December 15th, 2013.
I plan to spend my year promoting people to get active and how important it is for your health. Breast cancer has affected both sides of my family. I personally had breast surgery for a "suspicious" abnormality at a young age and recently had another scare last year. It was proven that women who get regular exercise may have a lower risk of getting breast cancer than women who are inactive.
I am the founder of Linda's Walk For Hope benefiting the Connecticut affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the cure. Linda's Walk for Hope is a breast cancer fundraiser in memory of my aunt who passed away from breast cancer at the age of 46. I also will be hosting "Spin with Miss Connecticut", a spin a thon for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. These are just a few of the ways that I help people get exercise though my organization.
I am also involved with the Connecticut Chapter of the Achilles Foundation. Achilles is an organization that helps athletes with disabilities compete in sporting events. Achilles promotes personal achievement, enhances self esteem, and lowers barriers to living a fulfilling life. This is a motto that everyone should live by.
I look forward to giving back this year as an ambassador of the Miss United States Organization.