Mrs. Midwest International 2017

IMG_8497-EditI’m a firm believer that everything in life happens for a reason, and I truly believe that we’re meant to use our experiences to not only better our own lives but to better the lives of those around us, so when I was diagnosed with Melanoma Skin Cancer in 2008, I naturally wanted to use that experience to make a difference in the lives of others.

Although my Cancer diagnoses wasn’t as severe as many others, I still struggled throughout my Survivorship Journey, and what I struggled with were the emotional and spiritual affects of Survivorship.

There’s so much attention put on the physical affects of Cancer that the emotional and spiritual affects are often times overlook, ignored and even misunderstood. However, those affects are real and they can have a lasting impact on a Survivor’s overall well-being even after the Cancer is gone. After reaching out to other Survivors, I realized that there were many others who were experiencing similar emotional and spiritual struggles as myself. It was then when I realized that God put us here to use our experiences to lead by example and to make a difference, so it became my mission to do just that.

Mrs. Midwest International 2017 FB Cover PhotoMy platform is called Cope Well to Live Well. As Mrs. Midwest International 2017, I am using my experience as a Cancer Survivor to ADVOCATE for the overall needs of the Cancer Community, while I SERVE the coping needs of ALL Survivors by helping them ‘Cope Well’ emotionally and spiritually, in order to ‘Live Well’ throughout their Survivorship Journey.

Survivorship isn’t limited to Cancer alone. From Heart Disease to PTSD, Lupus, Depression, Infertility, Diabetes or even the Loss of a loved one, we are ALL Survivors of something! Therefore, it is my intention to help Survivors in ALL areas of life ‘Cope Well to Live Well’!

To promote my platform, I Advocate and I Serve:

I ADVOCATE for the overall needs of the Cancer Community through my partnership* with the American Cancer Society and by participating in their Day at the Capitol and Relay For Life events!

Mrs. Midwest International 2017 Platform SheetI SERVE the emotional and spiritual coping needs of ALL Survivors through my partnership* with the Cope Well Foundation, a nonprofit that I founded in 2011. Through this partnership, I 1) conduct Coping Seminars where I promote the benefits of 4 signature Coping Outlets, which aid in the emotional and spiritual affects of Survivorship. Those Coping Outlets are: Survivorship thru Mentorship, Live Well thru Activities, Coping thru Counseling and Cope with Hope! As the affects of Survivorship can have an equal impact on a Survivor’s Support System, our Coping Outlets are also promoted to those who support those in need. I 2) cultivate key partnerships to to distribute our signature ‘Cope Well to Live Well’ Survivor Sacks, which we began distributing Nationally in 2016 to Survivors throughout the United States. In the first 6 months, we assembled and distributed Survivor Sacks in 35 states, and we began distributing Internationally to Survivors in Canada, Australia and Malaysia! Each Survivor Sack consists of items that represent each of our Coping Outlets.

As the former Mrs. North Dakota International 2016, I represented North Dakota and my Personal Platform last July in Florida at the National Pageant where I placed Top 15 and was later awarded the title of Mrs. Midwest International 2017. I now have the honor of representing my Platform throughout the 12 states of the Midwest, which include: Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and once again North Dakota!

I am also an advocate for the American Heart Association, the official Platform Partner of the International Pageant system, and their Go Red for Women Movement and their local Heart Walks.

Mrs. Midwest International 2017 - Ashley Rae Klinger - Autograph Card FrontBesides my passion for my platform, I love empowering others, especially women. Through my business, I help women reach their full potential and become the very best version of themselves. I love to read, workout, spend time with family and friends, I have a blog called ‘Putting the Word in the World,’ and whether we’re volunteering for an event or just hanging at home, I love the life that I share with my best friend and husband Andrew, who is extremely supportive, loving AND patient! We don’t have any children yet, but we are trying, and in the meantime our 2 puppies keep us plenty entertained.

It is my intention as Mrs. Midwest International 2017, and as a Woman of God, to lead by example for those around me and to make a difference in the lives of others. With His help, I will ADVOCATE, I will SERVE, and I will help Survivors around the world ‘Cope Well to Live Well.’


‘Leading by example for those around us and making a difference in the lives of others, isn’t a hobby; it’s a Purpose!’

~ Mrs. Midwest International 2017 – Ashley Rae Klinger


Previous Awards
  • 2017 Mrs. Midwest International.
  • 2016 Mrs. North Dakota International.
  • 2016 Mrs. International Pageant ‘Top 15’ of 60.
  • 2015 Grand Forks Herald ‘Hometown Hero’ Award.
  • 2015 Grand Cities Woman ‘Grand Woman of the Year’ Award.
  • 2015 Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals ‘4 Under 40’ Award.
  • 2014 Prairie Business Magazine ’40 Under 40′ Promising Young Professionals Award.
  • Featured by numerous media outlets, such as: The North Dakota Today Show, The University of North Dakota’s Alumni Review Magazine, Prairie Business Magazine, Grand Cities Woman Magazine, the Fargo Forum ‘She Says’ Publication and the Grand Forks Herald Publication.


*A Platform Partner is a local, national or international individual/group/organization/business who I have chosen to work with and/or promote, directly or indirectly, in an effort to bring awareness to my Personal Platform, which is to ADVOCATE for the overall needs of the Cancer Community and to SERVE the coping needs of ALL Survivors by helping them ‘Cope Well to Live Well’ emotionally and spiritually during their Survivorship Journey.