Miss Teen Reading 2019 crowned during scholarship pageant

READING, Pa. - A Reading teenager battling cancer has won a special honor.

Joyce Ortiz was crowned Miss Teen Reading 2019 at the DoubleTree Hotel on Saturday. She was joined by family and friends as she received the special honor.

Ortiz continues to persevere as she fights cancer. She had a leg amputated last fall, but that has not stopped her from moving forward.

"Thank you to everyone that helped me, and I just want to say that for the kids that are going through what I went through, to not give up and to just keep fighting," said Ortiz.

Miss Teen Reading is an annual scholarship pageant that provides financial aid for students planning to attend college.

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