My luminary guest is April Lufriu, Mrs. America 2011, and recently crowned Mrs. World 2012. I'll be joined by the dynamic CW TV host and model Mandy Starling as co-host.
April’s will to win both the Mrs. America and Mrs. World crowns was further reinforced by her life changing 2010 diagnosis of Retinitis Pigmentosa. Her two children have also now been diagnosed with (RP), which is a genetic, retinal degenerative eye disease that gradually leads to blindness.
She also made history by being the oldest winner to be crowned in the pageant’s 35 year history. Her motto is “Become What You Believe.”
April and her sister Melissa were pioneers in establishing the Foundation Fighting Blindness Tampa, FL Chapter in 2007. Both sisters co-chaired Tampa’s first VisionWalk in 2008. She has served as the Tampa Bay Chapter President from 2007 to present and was awarded the 2010 Volunteer of the Year at the Vision Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. April’s mission as a mom is to find a cure for (RP). She speaks at numerous events about her journey to becoming Mrs. World and for the foundation she tirelessly advocates and supports. Her goals are to raise awareness and funds for retinal degenerative eye diseases. With her new title as National Spokesperson for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, April is reaching out at the national level to fulfill her mission.
April also operates a successful granite & marble fabrication business "Lufriu Marble, Inc." with her loving husband George.
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