Jacquelyn "Jackie" Mayer was Miss America 1963!
Famously known for having a near-fatal stroke, Jackie Mayer has spent her life serving as a motivational speaker for schools, colleges and companies about the importance of stroke awareness.
In 1970 during the Thanksgiving holiday, she suffered a stroke and spent the next 7 years in rehabilitation. She had to relearn everything from the alphabet, to walking, to basic motor skills. She has since dedicated her life to helping families and individuals suffering from stroke. She is a spokesperson for the American Heart Association.
She was crowned the first Miss Vacationaland in 1962 and went on to compete for Miss Ohio and won Miss America on September 8, 1962.