Kyleigh Lynette Is Raising Funds and Awareness for the Military as Mrs. Indiana Contestant
Writer / Amie Drudge
Being in a pageant has never been a dream of Kyleigh Lynette’s. Her friends and family would describe her as a bit of an introvert.
So how does a quiet mom of two little girls go about signing up to compete in the Mrs. Indiana pageant?
Two years ago, Lynette received the call that her cousin, Staff Sergeant Ryan C. Pritt, passed away while serving our country in Japan. He was just 25 years old. The entire family has strong ties to the military, with Lynette’s grandfather having served in the Air Force (as well as two of her cousins), and her father in the Navy. After this tragedy, she could no longer look away from the suffering of those fighting for our freedoms. She wanted to do something and make a difference, so she stepped outside of her comfort zone and signed up for the Mrs. Indiana pageant.
This gave her a platform to talk about mental health as it relates to our military, and also allows her to raise funds for Mission 22, an organization supporting veterans and their families after their tour is over.
“I had a few things I wanted to do before the age of 30,” she says. “One was to make a difference in the lives of my children, and also I wanted to help a family.” And she has done just that. Lynette is taking the stage in April to represent our Geist community as a Mrs. Indiana contestant, to honor her cousin and the rest of our military.
Her selflessness goes beyond her passion for our veterans and active military. Two years ago Lynette donated her eggs to be harvested for other women struggling with infertility. “My family is the most important thing to me,” she says. “My hope is that I gave others the opportunity to experience a family of their own.”
She lives in the Geist area with her husband, Garrett, her daughters, Kensington and Leighton, and their two adopted dogs.
All donations will go to Mission 22 in honor of Ryan Pritt. To donate, visit gofund.me/cb4bb86a.
To read more about Mission 22 and the work they are doing for our military, go to mission22.com.