BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) culminated Navy Nurse Corps Week with their third annual 5 kilometer run in adjacent Jackson Park Military Housing, May 10.
The 'Aloha Moani' Run was dedicated to honor the memory of Lt. Rebekah Moani Daniel, a NHB staff member who passed away in March due to a rare complication of childbirth.
More than 200 runners participated in the run, which included many friends and family who traveled from California and Hawaii. The event turned out to be more than just a 3.1 mile run and walk for many. It provided local family, friends, co-workers, supporters, and community members the opportunity to keep the legacy of Lt. Daniel and her enthusiasm for fitness alive.
Husband, Lt. Cmdr. Walt Daniel, of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area, gathered with the runners after the run and expressed his appreciation for the tribute to his late wife.
"I really want to say thank you for all the support to everyone who helped put on the run. Everyone in the family is doing so well because of all the kindness within the community and love given to our family. Thank you for helping us when we needed help. You're always in our thoughts and prayers."
Event Co-coordinator Lt. Nathan Lee, of NHB Emergency Department, said the enthusiasm for the run was distinctive and the exceptional people who make up the staff were what made the event successful.
"It was very exciting to see all the people out here and I'm sure Lt. Daniel would have been happy. I grew to know her through my wife (Lt. Emily Lee, NHB Northwest Beginnings Birthing Center) and she worked with Rebekah pretty extensively. It's really a nice time to reflect back and remember her as the beautiful person she'll always be, forever in our hearts," said Lee.
Lt. Cmdr. John Spannuth, NHB's Family Practice Clinic nurse practitioner, has participated in more than 300 running events as a runner and this one was particularly rewarding to him as co-coordinator.
"Everything really fell into place perfectly with having the run as a way to celebrate Moani. Once Lt. j.g. Shawn Redmon, NHB's Pastoral Care chaplain, got in touch with the family and they wanted to get involved and participate, the event really had momentum. Our plan is to have the name of the annual run now be called, "The Annual Navy Nurse Corps Week Aloha Moani 5K Run," said Spannuth.
Upon completion, runners received a traditional Hawaiian lei and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in the three age-categories received commemorative Hawaiian shell necklaces.
-Age 17 and Below Males: 1st- Nick Cullen-22:35, 2nd- Whitney Halcumb-23:53, 3rd- Cody Jensen-24:28.
-Age 17 and Below Females: 1st-Brodie Exarhos-25:14, 2nd-Carina Shiflett-25:32, 3rd-Piper Hollingsworth-27:28.
-Age 18 to 39 Males: 1st-Nick Bicandi-19:51, 2nd- Jonvan Fontenot-21:51, 3rd-Justin Garin-22:36.
-Age 18 to 39 Females: 1st-Amber Jensen-24:28, 2nd- Amelia Buttolph-25:56, 3rd-Frances Dugan-25:59.
-Age 40 and Above Males: 1st Dan Hollingsworth-20:01, 2nd-Douglas Stutz-25:08, 3rd- Chris Exarhos, 25:15.
-Age 40 and Above Females: 1st Camile Shiflett-18:47 (Overall Winner), 2nd- Rochelle Orkiolla, 27:53, 3rd-Mindy Spannuth, 31:04.
Out of the Navy's 4,000 members of the active and reserve Nurse Corps components, there are six American Red Cross nurse volunteers and approximately 165 active duty and civilian nurses assigned to NHB.
NHB nurses continue their pivotal roles in providing quality health care at home and abroad. Nurse Corps staff members are preparing to participate in Pacific Partnership 2014 humanitarian assistance mission, as well as supporting Operation Enduring Freedom down range in Afghanistan.
The Navy Nurse Corps birthday also coincides with National Nurses Week, annually recognized and celebrated May 6 to May 12, commemorating the birthday of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), the founder of modern nursing.
May 13, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Naval Appropriations Bill that authorized the establishment of the Nurse Corps as a unique staff corps of the Navy.
As was the case 106 years ago, NHB's Nurse Corps continues to provide care and support for those in need and for those in remembrance.
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