One in a Million Mom contest...VOTE for a NURSE!!!

  1. I read this article and thought I would post it here. This Mom who is also a school Nurse was nominated by her husband and became a finalist in this "One in a Million " competition. It says to vote go to the website and read the essays. I think we should all go over and vote for the Nurse!!!!

    Here is the article:

    Local mom could become one in a million

    School nurse Patricia Ann Gallagher is the talk of Cheltenham High these days and you can not get directions to her office without being told why.

    Courier Times

    School nurse Patricia Ann Gallagher is the talk of Cheltenham High these days and you can not get directions to her office without being told why.

    "Yeah, she's in the next room," said secretary Maxine Littlepage. "You know you have to vote for her, right?"

    Nominated by her husband, Dennis, Gallagher is one of four national finalists in Hallmark's One-in-a-Million Mom Mother's Day write-in contest. Starting tomorrow, the 200-word essay Dennis Gallagher wrote about his wife will be posted on Hallmark's Web site along with those of the other three nominees.

    Anyone with Internet access can read the four essays at and vote for the best mom until the end of Monday. The mother whose essay receives the most votes will be awarded $1 million and a trip to New York City to appear on the NBC "Today" show. The other three get $1,000.

    Last summer in Point Pleasant, her 12-year-old son, Brian, was seriously injured when a boulder the size of a small car rolled on top of him. Several people were able to get the large rock off of Brian, who was then flown to Children's Hospital in Philadelphia.

    "During his five-week hospital stay, there were many times when the doctors gave us little hope that he would live," Dennis Gallagher wrote in his nomination essay. "The hospital staff tells us they get one or two miracles a year and Brian is one of them. I know it is due to the power of his mother's love and inner strength."

    Brian, who just finished sixth grade at Elkins Park Middle School, agreed.

    "She was very helpful at the hospital," he said. "If she was not by my side, I'd be dead. If I had to throw up, she had a bucket. If the ventilator started beeping, she knew what to do. She got me food that was not hospital food. She watched TV with me. She tried to play Nintendo but she wasn't very good."

    So when Dennis Gallagher was in a Hallmark store just before Mother's Day and saw a display seeking entries in the One-in-a-Million Mom contest, he decided to submit an essay.

    "I wrote it not thinking anything would happen," he said.

    With the big vote only a day away, the Gallaghers have been telling everyone they know to get online.

    "I've got about 50 cousins around the country and I asked them to call their friends and family to get them to vote," said Dennis Gallagher. "I hope we get a kind of pyramid effect. At our church [St. James], the pastor made an announcement during services."

    Wednesday, June 13, 2001
    Everyone go and Vote the vote lasts only June 14-18 and you can access it here starting tommorrow.
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  3. by   NRSKarenRN
    Count on me voting.!
  4. by   Chellyse66
    Thanx Karen ,I bet we could get a couple hundred votes from Nurses at this BB alone. It would be great to see an actual Nurse and Mom win this million dollar award.
  5. by   NRSKarenRN
    5 votes cast from my family. Sent to editor of Philadelphia edition of Nursing Spectrum who has run with it, planning interview and forwarded to all her contacts. Also sent to everone on my Nursing March mailing list. Also forwarded to Advance for Nurses editor!
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  7. by   Chellyse66
    Great I think the results are the 19th. I hope this Nurse and Mom wins, in addition I liked her story the best!!!
    Karen that is awesome, will wait to read it.
  8. by   SchmalRN
    I voted too! Can't wait to see if she wins.
  9. by   night owl
    You can count on my vote too! I really hope they win the money. Such a traumatic event to have to go through not knowing if your son will make it or not. Very deserving of 1 million dollars that's for sure!