Siouxland Women’s Power Lunch welcomed ABC Dancing with the Stars contestant

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – A one-time contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Star’s challenged Siouxland women to keep climbing, regardless of what obstacles they face.

The 19th annual United Way of Siouxland Women’s Power Lunch featured the encouraging words of Victoria Arlen. As a child,  Arlen spent nearly four years “locked” inside her own body.

Doctors believed there was little hope of survival after two rare conditions caused her to slip into a vegetative state. In 2010, she began re-learning how to speak, eat and move. Today she works as an on-air personality ESPN.

“Keep climbing. Many times your life or career can be like climbing a mountain. You slip up and fall so I like to encourage women especially to keep climbing because that view is totally worth it when you get there,” Arlen said.

In 2017 Arlen and her dancing partner managed to reach the semi-finals of Dancing with the Stars, but ultimately placed fifth. Wednesday’s luncheon was attended by some 1200 women and also featured the “Power of the Purse” raffle.

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