Marjan Holbrook dreamed of running the Publix Georgia Marathon 5K with her 8-year-old daughter Rebecca. However, as storm clouds brewed, the Alpharetta mother feared her seasonal asthma might have prevented her from pushing her daughter’s wheelchair for the course’s length. However, when nurse Gary Harris spotted the pair, he was drawn to help.
Mr. Harris cared for Rebecca, who suffers from mitochondrial disease, when she spent several weeks at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in February 2015. He said he’d be honored to push Rebecca’s wheelchair so they could all complete the event. Remarkably, finishing in 27 minutes, they took first in their division.
“I’ve seen at her worst and seen her at her best, and knowing I’ve helped facilitate her being at her best is the best feeling as a nurse,” Mr. Harris told WSB-TV Atlanta.
These inspiring stories are a poignant reminder of the important role that nurses can play in patient care, both inside and outside the wards. Even when nurses are “just doing their jobs,” they are making a tremendous difference in their patient’s lives.