‘Bravest Woman I Know:’ Donald Trump Shares Emotional Moment With Dying Miss Wisconsin at Rally

March 30, 2016 Updated: March 30, 2016
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A former Miss Wisconsin winner revealed that it’s thanks to Donald Trump that her son will be able to attend college, as details of the disease that’s killing her have emerged.

Melissa Consin Young, who was crowned Miss Wisconsin in 2005, thanked Trump at a rally on March 29 for helping her give her son a future as she succumbs to autonomic failure syndrome.

You’ve saved me in so many ways.
— Melissa Consin Young, former Miss Wisconsin winner

The disease slowly shuts down the part of the brain that controls vital functions such as heart rate, digestion, and body temperature until the victim dies.

Young was given a microphone at the Janesville rally, after which she effusively thanked Trump for making sure her seven-year-old Mexican-American son would be cared for, reported the Daily Mail.

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“You’ve saved me in so many ways. In recent years I’ve been struggling with an incurable illness and I’m on home care now and it was caused by a doctor’s medical negligence,” the former pageant winner said.

Those days in the hospital, I received from you a handwritten letter that says ‘to the bravest woman I know.’
— Melissa Consin Young, former Miss Wisconsin winner

“In those dark days fighting—right now all the tubes have been removed and I have a ‘do not resuscitate’ order and I have a seven year old son—those days in the hospital, I received from you a handwritten letter that says ‘to the bravest woman I know.'”

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Trump said he remembered writing the letter, and asked how Young was doing. 

She responded that she was not doing well but was happy she had seen him in person and met him. 

“I’m here now to thank you in person and that was my biggest dream,” she told Trump, who owned Miss USA until last year.

“I wanted to thank you because through you and your organizations, my son, a Mexican-American, through your organizations and just being able to stand on that stage with you in 2005, and the outpouring of love, ultimately provided my son with a full-ride to college.”

The crowd cheered as Young revealed the extent of Trump’s help. 

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Trump came down off the stage and hugged Young, thanking her for her kind words.

He decided to end the rally, saying: “You’re not going to beat that.”

Young told The Pageant Planet in a previous interview that her illness was caused by medical negligence as she was pregnant with her first child.

“During my pregnancy I became very ill. I couldn’t stand without passing out. Just lifting my head was too much. I begged my doctor to help me over and over,” she said.

Ultimately, the hospital was forced to induce labor and Young was left with the incurable disease.