Daleney daughter of Dave and Dayna Teske of Carroll, is featured on a poster promoting the film “Miss You Can Do It,” which will debut at 8 p.m. Monday on HBO. Daleney and her family this week were treated to a premiere party in Chicago hosted by film sponsors HBO, Comcast/NBC and Easter Seals.
Daleney daughter of Dave and Dayna Teske of Carroll, is featured on a poster promoting the film “Miss You Can Do It,” which will debut at 8 p.m. Monday on HBO. Daleney and her family this week were treated to a premiere party in Chicago hosted by film sponsors HBO, Comcast/NBC and Easter Seals.
June 21, 2013

A Carroll girl has a starring role in a new HBO documentary that spotlights the 2008 Miss You Can Do It pageant for young women and girls with special needs.

"Miss You Can Do It" will show Abbey Curran, Miss Iowa USA 2008, the first woman with a disability to compete at the Miss USA Pageant, as well as eight girls and young women from around the country living with special needs who participated in the Miss You Can Do It Pageant in Kewanee, Ill.

Daleney Teske, daughter of Dave and Dayna Teske of Carroll, competed at the 2008 Miss You Can Do It and is one of eight contestants from the pageant featured in the film. Daleney, who was 7 at the time, won top honors in the 2008 pageant. Now 12 years old, she will be a seventh-grader at Carroll Middle School.

"Miss You Can Do It" will debut from 8 to 9:15 p.m. Monday, June 24, on HBO. Other playdates include 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 27; 7:30 a.m. Sunday, June 30; 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 2; and 2 p.m. Saturday, July 6.

Daleney and her family - her dad is customer service and quality assurance manager for Anthony International in Audubon, and Dayna is a teacher at Ar-We-Va - attended a premiere party Tuesday in Chicago, Ill. The Teske party also included Daleney's brother Daric, sister Dakota, respite care provider Madison Schettler, and friends in Chicago.

The girls in the film and their families were treated to a special day hosted by the film's sponsors - HBO, Comcast-NBC and Easter Seals.

The Miss You Can Do It Pageant was founded in 2004 by Curran to offer participants and their families a chance to bond and participate in an event where inner beauty and abilities reign, says Dayna Teske.

The film was directed and produced by Ron Davis, who was at the pageant in 2008. Davis and his crew from Docutainment Films had read about Abbey Curran in People magazine, just as the Teskes had.

"They decided to try to film a documentary about the pageant and the girls participating in it," Dayna says. "They chose four girls on Friday night after watching them a bit at the rehearsal. They asked if were willing to allow them to follow Daleney and film her experiences. We said yes, and the journey began."

Davis put together a short trailer of his footage from 2008, called "Chasing Butterflies." He sought a major sponsor interested in producing the movie.

Dayna recounts, "In 2010, Ron called with news that HBO was interested but needed more footage of Daleney. We sent him some home video."

Davis returned to the Miss You Can Do It Pageant in 2012 and announced his project had received go-ahead from HBO and the film would be released in 2013. The titled was changed to "Miss You Can Do It."

The film debuted at the International Sundance Film Festival in West Palm Beach, Fla., on April 5. Since then it has been shown at Sundance Film Festivals around the country.

The Teskes saw the movie for the first time this week in Chicago.

Dayna says, "There was a lot of laughter and tears shed as we watched and remembered, celebrating just how far these young ladies have come."

An HBO website says of the film, "'Miss You Can Do It' celebrates the heroism of their parents and families, who openly describe how the heartbreak of learning that their child was different quickly gave way to loving patience, dedication and a new appreciation for the joys and challenges of raising a child with special needs."

Curran was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age 2 but never accepted her physical limitations, says the website. "She admits her disability comes with lifelong challenges, but none holds her back, playing sports (she 'just falls more') and driving a car with a special steering wheel and brake."

In 2008 she became the first woman with disabilities to compete in the Miss USA Pageant.

Curran says in the news release, "I hope that my Miss You Can Do It girls can leave this pageant knowing that, OK, we might fall down, or someone might stare at us, but I just did something amazing. Something that not very many people get to experience."

Highlighting the girls featured in the film, the website says: "Seven-year-old Daleney, whose parents say her biggest frustration is her lack of independence. Still, show never shows it, even if she takes 15 minutes to tie her shoelaces. Daleney is a quadriplegic with a spastic form of cerebral palsy, causing her to have too much muscle tone and making her limbs cross her midline when she walks."

Daleney is an honor-roll student at Carroll Middle School, where she participates in the talented-and-gifted program and plays percussion in band. Her hobbies include reading and writing stories, and she already plans to major in journalism in college and become an author. She's active at Zion Lutheran Church and Sunday school in Arcadia.

Inspired by Daleney's experience at Miss You Can Do It, the Teskes four years ago founded a similar event, Dreams Made True Pageant, for girls with special needs ages 5 through 25. The event gives the contestants and their families a chance to unite and showcase their unique abilities through a beauty-pageant format. The Teskes used the initials of Daleney's name - Daleney Marie Teske - and created Dreams Made True Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of girls with special needs.

The fourth annual Dreams Made True Pageant will be July 19 and 20 at Carroll High School. Last year's pageant featured 20 contestants.

Daleney helps host the pageant and speaks publicly to various groups.