'Transformation Nation' Winner Named

What was the turning point in your life?

The Early Show teamed up with Transformation Nation."

Letters poured in from women across America sharing their stories of personal transformation.

Viewers voted online to determine the ten finalists, who were flown to California for a different type of transformation — a $1,000 Kohl's fashion and beauty makeover. They also got invitations to a special celebrity fashion event in Santa Monica.

Thursday night, the grand prize winner was announced.

It is Jacquelyne Lehmkul, of Saint Cloud, Minn., who was transformed at age 17 by a car accident that forced her into a wheelchair. But that didn't stop her from going to college, getting married, and having a child.

Today, this single mother of a 12-year-old boy is writing a thesis for her master's degree, and is a public speaker on social issues, including the rights of other disabled Americans.

Jacquelyn says, "Life is about learning, and we can learn from just about everything if we want to."

As the winner, Lehmkul will not only enjoy a trip for two to Paris, she'll also be treated to a $10,000 Kohl's shopping spree.

To see highlights of the fashion event, and meet Lehmkul, click here.
  • Brian Dakss

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