Family Starts Endowment for Nurses After Air Race Tragedy


After losing their mother at the 2011 crash at the Reno Championship Air Races, the Elvin family returns to Reno to present a nurse with first Cherie Elvin Memorial Fund Scholarship.

Returning to Reno this past September for the annual Reno Championship Air Races, members of the Elvin family stopped at Renown Regional Medical Center.

Their visit was touching and sincere: they were presenting the first Cherie Elvin Memorial Fund Scholarship to a Registered Nurse who is advancing her education.Elvin Scholarship

The Elvin family has frequented the Air Races for 16 years – from Kansas to Reno —organized annually by Cherie Elvin. 

During the 2011 Air Crash race, Cherie was killed and Bill Elvin, his father, brother and sister-in-law, all lost their right legs. They spent about two months under the care of nurses at Renown and created a $50,000 endowment to honor Cherie.

“I think it really comes down to the fact that we got such great care while we were here,” explains Bill, founder of the Cherie Elvin Memorial Fund.

A group of judges awarded the first scholarship to Jenny Sanchez, RN, who is completing an advanced degree to become an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP).

“I’m really grateful and happy that we can honor somebody who went through tragedy. I am grateful for it,” says Jenny.

Learn more about the family behind the Cherie Elvin Memorial Fund Scholarship and why they felt compelled to create the endowment for nurses.