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Taryn Davis, the former San Marcos resident who started a foundation to support military widows, will speak at the Central Texas Medical Center Foundation’s third annual Women’s Council Dinner later this month.

Taryn Davis, founder and president of the American Widow Project, speaks at the Hays County Veterans Memorial in February 2009 before launching a national tour. She will speak Sept. 18 at the CTMC Foundation Women's Council dinner. MERCURY FILE PHOTO by CHRISTINA ZAMBRANO.

The Women’s Council dinner is 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hill Country Event Center, 107 Centerpoint Road in San Marcos.

Davis’ husband, Cpl. Michael Davis, was killed in Iraq in 2007. Just 22 years old at the time her husband died, Taryn Davis channeled the adversity into the American Widow Project, a nonprofit organization that helps spouses left behind by casualties in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. She is currently seeking a seat on the Buda City Council.

“It is an honor to have Taryn Davis speak at our third annual Women’s Council Dinner,” said Jerilyn Miller, the CTMC Foundation’s coordinator. “She is one of San Marcos’ most inspiring examples of perseverance and compassionate service.”

Davis was among the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2011 and was named one of Newsweek magazine’s “150 Women Who Shake the World.” L’Oreal honored Davis as its National Woman of Worth in 2010.

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