The legacy of pediatric nurse practitioner Tori Sheahan–a dedicated caregiver and champion for the health of local youth–was honored immediately following her sudden death in June 2015 as the Winter Park Health Foundation established a memorial fund in her name. The fund based at the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools supports the provision of medical supplies and health education resources for the school nurses and school based health centers in Winter Park, Maitland and Eatonville.
Tori was an advocate for walking — for conflict resolution and problem solving, as well as to gain exercise and promote a healthy lifestyle. The Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF), Winter Park Consortium of Schools (the 12 elementary, middle and high school campuses serving students from Winter Park, Maitland and Eatonville), Lion’s Pride Fund and American Cancer Society have joined together to create the Tori Sheahan Walk N’ Talk for Life to continue to support the memorial fund. The first walk is scheduled for Saturday, January 7, 2017.
The Walk ‘n Talk for Life aims to go beyond traditional walk/run models. Rather than just walk to raise money, this unique model aims to engage friends and families in a fitness initiative which promotes a healthy way of living and communicating. Brief talking points will be placed along the route to stimulate conversation among families and friends participating in the event.
- Open to the public
- Location: Harbor Park in Baldwin Park
- Date: January 7 at 9 a.m.
- Time: Registration begins at 8 a.m. Walk begins at 9 a.m.
- For more information: Heather Traynham at Heather.Traynham@lightbulbpr.com
To register, click here
About Tori Sheahan
Born in Virginia Beach, VA in 1969, Ms. Sheahan obtained a registered nurse (RN) degree from Riverside Hospital in Newport News, VA and then a bachelor of nursing degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. She later obtained a Pediatric Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) degree through the University of Florida. She worked with Healthcare Providers of Florida—a group of nurse practitioners providing school-based health care for the underserved in Central Florida, since 2000, serving as vice president since 2008.
As the School Nursing Initiative Coordinator for WPHF, Ms. Sheahan helped supervise, mentor and support school nurses in the Winter Park Consortium of Schools, and she also staffed the Glenridge Middle School-Based Health Center. She went to any length required to make sure her patients got the care, medicine, education and social services they needed.
She was married and her two children are now both in college. She left a legacy of kindness and compassion. She has been profoundly missed.