Established by the founder of The Human Conditioned, Allen Russell, in order to raise money for a nursing scholarship in his mother’s memory, The Length of the Lake is the realization of a long-time goal to swim the length of Lake Powell. The original intent was to swim from Bullfrog to Wahweap. Due to logistical considerations unique to 2020, the course was modified and the 100+ miles was completed from a basecamp at Stanton Creek.
Allen became passionate about nursing when his mother was admitted, with dementia, to Mantey Heights Rehabilitation and Care Center to spend her final days. The attention and care that she, and all of the residents received from nurses who worked long hours with heavy caseloads was exemplary. Throughout the journey leading up to this it was evident that in many cases our health care providers are working to their limits to provide compassionate care.
The end goal is to generate $25,000 dollars to establish the Phyllis Russell Memorial Nursing Scholarship as an endowment. The scholarship will be rewarded to a Colorado Mesa University nursing student each semester and as an endowment would be self-sustaining. Furthermore, he hopes to inspire others to join him and give to young, bright, and talented students.
Russell, who still plans to complete the trip from Bullfrog to Wahweap, says, “My mother would have given the shirt off of her back to someone in need and was always the one to offer to help when another took ill. In her own way she was a nurse and I was fortunate to have such a caring mother.
Gifts may be made to the Phyllis Russell Memorial Nursing Scholarship through the CMU Foundation. The CMU Foundation serves as a charitable non-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Service 501 © (3) designation.
Donations may be made online at www.supporting CMU.com/give-now (please designate other and enter “Phyllis Russell Memorial Scholarship”).
Checks may be made payable to:
Attn: Phyllis Russell Memorial Scholarship
1450 N. 12th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501