Military Widow, Taryn Davis, Nominated as one of the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2011

Taryn Davis is one of top 10 CNN Heroes nominated to receive the CNN Hero of the Year award. Each of the top 10 will receive a $50,000 grant and one will be voted CNN Hero of the Year by the public and will receive an additional $250,000.
Oct. 13, 2011 - PRLog -- CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute is an annual special created by CNN to honor individuals who make extraordinary contributions to help others. This is the fifth year CNN has conducted its annual search for CNN Heroes. In those five years, the campaign has profiled more than 160 people on CNN and There have been roughly 40,000 nominations received from more than 100 countries.

Taryn Davis, Military widow and founder of the American Widow Project, is one of the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2011.  Of the top 10 heroes, CNN with the help of your votes will select the CNN Hero of the Year which will receive an additional $250,000 grant for his or her cause during the live tribute show, hosted by Anderson Cooper at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. (Source:

Taryn Davis was just 21 when she received devastating news: Her husband, Corporal Michael Davis, had been killed in Iraq. Taryn created The American Widow Project to provide resources to the 3,000+ other women around the country whose husbands have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. To date, her nonprofit has provided a community of support to more than 900 young military widows.

To learn more about the American Widow Project and to vote for Taryn Davis go to:

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About American Widow Project: In 2007 Michael Davis lost his life while serving his country in Iraq. At a mere 21 years of age, Taryn Davis became a widow. In the wake of this tragedy, Taryn began to discover that resources were scarce for young military widows. To reach out and support other young women who had lost a husband in service, Taryn began The American Widow Project (AWP).

Four months after learning of her husband’s death, Taryn began work on a documentary, speaking to military widows across the country, and hearing their stories of love, tragedy and survival. The documentary was shown to military widows who came from all over the U.S. to Austin, TX in July 2008, for the official "launch" of the American Widow Project. Since then, the AWP has conducted events throughout the country to unite military widows to celebrate their survival, honor their loved ones sacrifice, and provide a healing environment with others who share this journey.
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