Erin Koesters was crowned Mrs USA 2018,
at the Scottish Rite Theater in Omaha, Nebraska, on July 11, 2018. Erin founded the Little Giants Foundation, to share awareness, educate and fund research for the rare disease (SIOD) that her daughter Emily was diagnosed with. Emily is one of five and 50 in the world, who has this rare, genetic, life limiting dwarfism disease. Average life expectancy is 9.2 years, but Emily has beat all the odds and is now 15 years old. Erin's primary mission as Mrs USA is to continue to spread the word of the Little Giatns Foundation by making appearances State and Nationwide, and to encourage others to give to the foundation through blood drives, 5Ks and speaking engagements.
Schimke immuno-osseous dysplasia (SIOD) is a multisystem disorder that is inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern. It usually manifests first with growth failure. Other features of the disease are generally noted in the ensuing evaluation of the growth failure or development in the following years.
Erin can also be found encouraging her daughter and others through her blogspot. Please go to www.littlegiantsfoundation.blogspot.com to learn more about Erin, Emily, and their family's daily journey in their fight against SIOD.