Sac State senior, amputee to compete in Nor Cal beauty...
Woman with bionic hand vies to be Miss Lake County
By Niesha Lofing, email@example.com More on sacbee.com Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010
Sacramento State kinesiology student Carly Davis, 22, has two big milestones looming next week: the start of her senior year of college and the Miss Lake County pageant.
Davis, born with an arm defect, is the first person missing a limb to compete for the preliminary crown.
If she wins the title of Miss Lake County, she'll receive at least $1,500 in scholarship funds and compete in the Miss California pageant.
Davis, from Lakeport, hopes to attend medical school and said one of the reasons she's competing is to be an example to children that anything's possible.
"Growing up in a small town, I never really saw someone else with a limb difference or someone who used a prosthetic other than Jim Abbott, the professional baseball player," she said.
"In this day and age with technology, you really are able to do anything," she said.
Davis, who works as a professional photographer to earn money for college and will share it as her pageant talent, was recently fitted with Touch Bionics' i-LIMB Hand, the first fully articulating and commercially available bionic hand. The hand gives her better ability to grip objects and more motor control, she said.
Davis eventually wants to work in pediatric medicine and prosthetics in rural areas and developing countries.
"I'm really proud of her," said her mother, Diane Davis.
"She just came into the world with this 'I'm going to conquer it' kind of attitude," she said.
Carly Davis will advocate during the pageant for Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California. She was a Shriners patient at the Salt Lake City and Sacramento hospitals.
The Lake County pageant will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3, during the county fair. Contestants will compete in talent, evening wear, lifestyle and fitness (in a swimsuit), an onstage question and a private interview.
"In this day and age with technology, you really are able to do anything."
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