Alice Flaherty Excellence in Nursing Scholarship

Alice Flaherty dedicated 40 years of her life to the vocation she loved: nursing. While paying for her education, she began her career as a nursing assistant, and excelled in her subsequent roles as a Registered Nurse, charge nurse, and nursing supervisor.  At age 50 she returned to school, and proceeded to earn her Bachelor’s Degree both for the personal challenge, and to indulge her love of learning.  In 2011, she was inducted into the Cleveland Clinic Nursing Hall of Fame (see pg. 27 here ), a tribute to the respect she had earned as a nurse.

The day after her retirement party from Lakewood (Ohio) Hospital, she received devastating news: she had lung cancer. As she did with all obstacles in life, she tackled cancer and its setbacks with determination and drive.  Sadly, Alice lost her 14-month fight against lung cancer in December 2013, at the age of 63.

Rarely did Alice miss a day at the gym. She had a competitive spirit, often winning local road races in her age group. Even when enduring chemotherapy and radiation, she continued to run, play racquetball and exercise. With spirit, she never gave up.

In her last conversation with her grandchildren, Alice requested that she not be forgotten. Family members and friends have pledged to honor that desire, in part, through the “Love a Nurse RuN”-- now in its 7th year-- to be held on Sunday, September 26th, 2021, at Edgewater Park, in Cleveland, Ohio . Through this 5k race and 1 mile walk, we will combine her love of family, friends, nursing and exercise, in an event whose proceeds award scholarships to qualified nursing students who either live within or attend school in the Northern Ohio region. In awarding the Alice Flaherty Excellence in Nursing Scholarships, we both honor her legacy and give back to others as she always did.

56103982_1618543593645930_r.jpeg56103982_1618543653866757_r.jpegPast Alice Flaherty Excellence in Nursing Scholarship Winners with Brian Flaherty (far left), Dan Flaherty (2nd to left), and Debbie (Flaherty) Sellers, RN (2nd to Right). (Honorable mention: Anna and Jack Flaherty, between Brian and Dan).
56103982_1618544154802359_r.jpeg2019 Winner Mark Satterly, bib # 2493.
56103982_1618544297352632_r.jpegCleveland Clinic RNs, registered to run in the 2018 Love-a-Nurse Run. 
56103982_1618544434613868_r.jpegUnofficial Love-A-Nurse Dog.
56103982_1618544504408683_r.jpeg56103982_1618544585111935_r.jpegChamberlain University- official sponsor. 
56103982_1618544655919518_r.jpeg56103982_1618544692616121_r.jpeg2019 Sponsors
  • Brian Flaherty 
    • $100 
    • 3 d
  • Susan Marinac 
    • $100 
    • 22 d
    • $150 
    • 25 d
  • Diana Thomas 
    • $100 
    • 27 d
  • Sean Kearns 
    • $100 
    • 27 d
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Organizer and beneficiary

Ryan Flaherty 
North Olmsted, OH
Daniel Flaherty 
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