Star Role Model


When she was five years old, Alyshia fell and scraped her knee while playing. That small incident changed her life forever. Alyshia contracted necrotizing fasciitis, a rare and severe flesh-eating bacterial infection that rapidly devoured her skin. She was flown to Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Northern California for extensive surgical procedures to remove the dead tissue. She was later treated at Shriners Hospitals for Children − Honolulu for additional care.

When Alyshia returned to school, she was bullied and children began calling her “disease girl.”

“I felt inhuman because of the things they said. I lost all my confidence and wanted to give up on myself,” Alyshia recalled.

Despite her insecurities and the ridicule she experienced as a child, Alyshia decided to take a chance and enter the Miss T.E.E.N. (Teens Exemplifying Excellence Nationally) Hawaii pageant.

“I knew it was time to overcome my fears and accept myself for who I was. I realized no one is perfect, and it was time for me to be a role model for those that couldn’t overcome their fears or think their dreams are impossible,” said Alyshia.

Alyshia, now 21 years-old, speaks at schools about the power of words and accepting others despite their differences. She shares her own painful experience to raise awareness about the damage bullying can cause and to give insight on finding inner strength to overcome any challenge.

Alyshia dedicates time each school year to speak at assemblies and youth groups because she knows firsthand that awareness and support can lead to great change.

Alyshia also helped to pass an Anti-Bullying Resolution in her hometown that protects children who participate in city-sponsored activities. With Alyshia’s help, the city worked with local organizations to develop an effective anti-bullying policy.

Alyshia is the perfect role model for the #cutthebull message because she not only overcame her own experience of being bullied as a child, but she has also gone on to give a voice to other children who may be at risk of being bullied.