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Founder of American Widow Project Will Speak at 3rd Annual CTMC Women's Council Dinner

SAN MARCOS, TX – At just 22 years old, San Marcos High School graduate and Texas State alumnus Taryn Davis became a military widow. Her husband, Cpl. Michael Davis, was killed in Iraq in 2007. On her quest for comfort in the months that followed his death, Davis began travelling, attending survivor support groups and working on a documentary that told the stories of military widows who had loved and tragically lost. More importantly, the documentary shed light on how each woman survived.

In conjunction with a showing of the documentary in Austin in 2008, the American Widow Project (AWP) was officially launched in the presence of military widows from across the country. The AWP is a non-profit that offers peer-to-peer support to widows who lose a spouse serving in the United States armed forces. Since the group formed, Davis and the AWP have been recognized in various media outlets. Davis was among the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2011 and named one of Newsweek Magazine’s “150 Women Who Shake the World.” L’Oreal honored Davis as one of their National Women of Worth in 2010.

Davis will speak at the 3rd Annual Women’s Council Dinner on Sept. 18. The event will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hill Country Event Center, located at 107 Centerpoint Road in San Marcos. Those interested in attending should RSVP by September 14th to ctmfoundation@ahss.org.

“It is an honor to have Taryn Davis speak at our 3rd annual Women’s Council Dinner,” said Jerilyn Miller, CTMC Foundation Coordinator. “She is one of San Marcos’ most inspiring examples of perseverance and compassionate service.”

The CTMC Foundation invites women to give back to Hays County and become part of The Women’s Council, a philanthropic committee of the CTMC Foundation. Its mission is to encourage women to strengthen and invest in our community by promoting programs and services that benefit women and children. Attendees to this year’s dinner are encouraged to bring a friend who might want to join the group.

Since the initial meeting of the Women’s Council in April of 2010, the founders have been engaging women throughout Hays County in an effort to join their mission. A tiered dues structure provides council members with a non-traditional fundraising method. In May of this year, the Women’s Council presented $20,000 in grants during the second annual grant awards ceremony. This year’s grants helped local domestic abuse victims eat fresh, nutritious foods, gave local at-risk women a better future and helped local children overcome their learning disabilities. In addition, the CTMC Women’s Center received funding to purchase two new state-of-the-art breast pumps and create a new Remembrance Garden for individuals who experience or have experienced the loss of a baby. The Council has grown to 64 members since the founders first gathered, but the group would like to see more area women get involved.

To RSVP for the dinner event, or for more information about joining the Women’s Council, please call the CTMC Foundation office directly at 512-753-3687 or email ctmfoundation@ahss.org. To learn more about the American Widow Project, visit www.americanwidowproject.org.

About Central Texas Medical Center Foundation
The Central Texas Medical Center Foundation was established in 1982. The Foundation is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 organization whose purpose is to help raise philanthropic funds for improving programs and services at Central Texas Medical Center.

Central Texas Medical Center Foundation has worked hard to ensure that our hospital has the resources necessary to deliver high quality health care. To date, the Foundation has raised $6.3 million for advanced medical equipment, building projects, renovations and service enhancement.

CTMC is a 178-bed acute-care hospital providing a wide range of complex healthcare services in San Marcos, Texas, and neighboring communities. As part of Adventist Health System, CTMC brings a long tradition of Christian healthcare to San Marcos. Now with 44 hospitals located across the United States, the Adventist Health System is the largest not-for-profit Protestant hospital system in the country.


About Central Texas Medical Center
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010 and again in 2011, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. In addition, CTMC added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011. In 2012, CTMC became the first operating room along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to be equipped with a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery suite.

CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, AHS has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, AHS supports 43 hospitals and employs 55,000 individuals. AHS hospitals are comprised of 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.

 

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