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Submitted photo / OHSU junior nursing students from left Isela Garcia, Yunfei Zeng, Emily Smith and Monica Lemus help out at the 2015 Rita Monahan Walk-A-Thon. A new iteration of the event is planned this year, with the same goal of raising scholarship funds to assist graduating students with paying for their RN licensure examination.
March 11, 2016
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Oregon Health & Science University’s School of Nursing in La Grande and EOU’s Wellness Program are teaming up to combine the Rita Monahan Walk-A-Thon and university wellness fair to create a new synergistic activity this year.
The 16th Annual Rita Monahan Wellness Event takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at Dorion Park at the corner of 6th St. and H Ave. on campus. It is free, open to the public and includes a 5K walk/run, health-related booths, live music, raffle items, health screenings and fitness demonstrations.
Rita Monahan was a former associate professor at OHSU who motivated and encouraged her students to excel. In 1999 she lost her battle with colon cancer and selflessly requested that instead of a memorial service, money be donated to a scholarship fund to assist graduating students with paying for their RN licensure examination.
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Rita’s husband Greg Monahan, EOU professor emeritus of history, is matching up to $1,500 in donations made to the Rita Monahan Scholarship this year. Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law and the tax ID number will be mailed to donors from the EOU Foundation office once the donation has been processed.
Donations are accepted online at www.eou.edu/wellness-payment via the EOU Foundation.
Registration forms for the 5K walk/run are available at www.eou.edu/wellness-form, the Student Health Center or the Health Hut in the Hoke Union Building, and at 9:30 a.m. the day of the activities.
For more information contact Emily Smith, Rita Monahan Wellness Event chairperson, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kylie Lanman, wellness coordinator for EOU’s Student Health Center, at 541-962-3640.
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