Miss America Welcomed Home to North Dakota

Bismarck - Miss America returns home after winning the crown.

Cara Mund had quite the homecoming and she made sure to stop by Sanford's children's hospital and spread a little tender loving care.

Though she wears a different crown, Cara Mund says she's still the same North Dakota girl.

"I never want to lose myself. I just want to grow along with the process, but I never want to change who I [am]" Cara Mund, Miss America says.

Which means coming home for Cara, means stopping by a local children's hospital.

"I just want them to know that this is how I got here, I've had struggles too, not the same as theirs, but we can easily push through together," Mund says.

Mund has been working with The Make a Wish Foundation for more than 10 years, and now as Miss America, is working with the Children's Miracle Network. 

So now a visit from Cara might just grant a wish.

For these kids, their stay in the hospital isn't easy.

But a visit from Miss America that's something to smile about.

"I feel so happy," Josie Remily, sibling of Sanford Children's patient says.

And for this little girl it's a dream come true.

"I've seen Miss North Dakota and I feel like it's the happiest time of my life," Remily says.

For this little girl, Cara's homecoming is a day she won't soon forget.

"I'm glad she's coming," Remily says.

For the next 365 days, Cara Mund will be making her way across the United States.

But coming home, she'll always be that North Dakota girl.

"I get to take North Dakota with me and and help spread it among the country," Mund says.

Until this Miss America comes home again.

After her stop at Sanford Children's Hospital Cara Mund attended a homecoming party in her honor at the Bismarck Events Center where her high school band, Century, played and both Senators Heitkamp and Hoeven and Representative Cramer were all there to welcome her home.

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