Newton Falls – Miss Ohio 2011, Ellen Bryan, stopped by the town’s small community center for a meet-and-greet on Saturday, September 17th to take a brief break from her month-long bike tour. While signing autographs and posing for photos, Ellen talked about her work with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and what the opportunity to visit the hospitalized children across Ohio has meant to her – a part of her life she plans to continue after passing on the crown to the next Miss Ohio. “I’ll never let go of it completely,” she said. “They get into your heart.”
As the current titleholder, Ellen is able to wear her crown and sash when visiting the children, and their eyes light up when she enters the room. Explaining that she won’t ever lose the title of Miss Ohio even when she relinquishes her crown and sash, she hopes to continue seeing the children when her reign is over and raise money for the organization that will aid in their recovery.
On the cycling mission since August 29th, at the Newton Falls point Ellen had 550 miles behind her with about 300 left to go. After the meet-and-greet she headed to YSU to sing the National Anthem at their evening football game and looks forward to the Bike Tour finish line on quickly-approaching September 24th. To follow the rest of her route, read her blog, or for more information on her quest, visit www.missohiobiketour.com. You just might see her on a road near you!