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52-year-old beauty queen to be honored at Race for the Cure

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Trudy Davies-Davis with Lauren Musso of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Trudy Davies-Davis with Lauren Musso of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
ROSWELL, GA (CBS46) -

A Roswell businesswoman recently named Mrs. Georgia International will receive a special award Saturday at the Atlanta Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Trudy Davies-Davis, 52, will be named as the Quilted Northern Soft and Strong Champion.

Davis, a trained nurse, runs The Image Academy, an image consulting firm on West Crossville Road. The dream of opening the business began 12 years ago.

"I had a heart for women. So I entered a pageant," said Davis. "And I told the judges that if I won, I would take the money and open a company that was dedicated to encouraging and equipping individuals to reach their full potential."

Trudy won, becoming Georgia's Mrs. of the Year, and later, America's Mrs. of the Year. After that, she did just as she promised, opening the firm and giving women advice on how to remake their image and learn how to make a good first impression.

A couple of years into her new career, Davis went through a bitter divorce. She began raising her two sons alone. In 2008, she got the shock of a lifetime.

"Sometimes you think you've hit bottom," Davis said. "And then you realize there might just be another level to the bottom."

She was diagnosed with stage-three breast cancer.

"I always say, 'When a doctor you don't know calls you honey, it's probably not very good news,'" Trudy said, adding that she'll never forget her doctor's words. "She goes, 'Trudy, honey, it's cancer.'"

Trudy's own self-esteem took a hit for a while as she fought hard through chemotherapy and radiation. While in the hospital, the man she was dating, Jefferson Davis, asked her to marry him. With his support and the support of her friends and family, Trudy became cancer-free.

She's now been asked to compete in a pageant in Chicago this summer as Mrs. Georgia International.

"My platform is Fight Like a Girl - Maintaining Self-Esteem Throughout the Battle of Breast Cancer," Davis said.

She's thrilled that she'll also be honored Saturday at Atlanta's Race for the Cure as the Quilted Northern Soft and Strong Champion.

"She really does just truly inspire women, and women really do look up to her," said Lauren Musso of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "I think that on stage on race day, she's really going to inspire a lot of women to say, ‘You know what? I can do that, too. I really can survive this disease.'"

Spectators can meet Davis and take pictures with her at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. She'll be recognized on the main stage at Atlantic Station

Click here for information about Atlanta's Race for the Cure.

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